This emotionally jarring story is a captivating character study. Based on a true story, Daniel Day Lewis won an Oscar for his portrayal of Christy Brown, crippled by cerebral palsy since birth. Brown uses his left foot, the only part of his body that can move, to communicate, eventually learning to write. Through perseverance and sheer force of will he becomes a renowned painter and writer. Brenda Fricker won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Brown's resolute mother in this astonishing film by Jim Sheridan.