Jim Sheridan

Academy Member

A six time Academy Award nominee,  Jim Sheridan made his directorial debut with My Left Foot, a 1989 biopic of Christy Brown – a man born with cerebral palsy who becomes a writer and artist using his only controllable limb, his left foot. Sheridan was nominated for Best Director for the film while his two lead actors –Daniel Day Lewis and Brenda Fricker – won Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively.

Though My Left Foot brought him much Hollywood acclaim, Sheridan’s next feature - 1990’s The Field featuring Richard Harris – was again shot in Ireland. His next film was 1993’s In The Name Of The Father, again featuring Daniel Day Lewis in the lead role. The true life story about the Guildford Four brought Sheridan even more acclaim and the film was nominated for seven Oscars including another Best Director nomination for Sheridan. 

Sheridan re-teamed with Daniel Day Lewis for 1997’s The Boxer which was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards before helming the semi-autobiographical In America which he wrote with his daughters Naomi and Kristen. The film garnered much acclaim and three Oscar nominations including Best Original Screenplay for Sheridan and his daughters.

Since then, Sheridan has directed Hollywood films such as Get Rich Or Die Tryin, Dream House and Brothers, winning an IFTA Award for Best Film Director for his work on the latter. 

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IFTA Winner - Director Film for 'Brothers' (Kirsten Sheridan accepts)

Awards & Recognition

In American
  • Academy Awards USA , Nominated - Best Writing, Original Screenplay
  • Golden Globes , Nominated - Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
In The Name of the Father
  • Academy Awards USA , Nominated - Best Picture
  • Academy Awards USA , Nominated - Best Director
  • Academy Awards USA , Nominated - Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
  • BAFTA Film Awards – Nominated – Best Screenplay – Adapted
My Left Foot
  • Academy Awards USA , Nominated - Best Director
  • Academy Awards USA , Nominated - Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
  • BAFTA Film Awards , Nominated – Best Screenplay – Adapted
  • BAFTA Film Awards , Nominated – Best Film
The Boxer
  • Golden Globes , Nominated - Best Director - Motion Picture

Key Credits

  • The Secret Scripture (2015)
  • Brothers (2009)
  • Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005)
  • In America (2003)
  • The Boxer (1997)
  • In the Name of the Father (1993)
  • The Field (1990)
  • My Left Foot (1987)

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