Wednesday 14 November 2018

Person of the Month Jim , Naomi & Kirsten Sheridan

KIRSTEN SHERIDAN was 12 years old when she began her film career in My Left Foot , directed by her father Jim. She played the younger sister of Christy Brown, played by Daniel Day-Lewis, who went on to win an Oscar for the role.

Now, 15 years later, she, older sister Naomi, and their father are on the verge of an Academy Award of their own.

Jim Sheridan is no stranger to Hollywood's glitziest night. On top of the presentation of a golden statuette in 1990 to Daniel Day-Lewis for best leading actor, Sheridan himself has enjoyed five previous Oscar nominations. Much has been made of the struggling Irish stage actor who changed his stars by directing such enduring hits as My Left Foot and In the Name of the Father .

The fairytale of the New York poverty surmounted by the Sheridans seemed complete when, while still in her early twenties, Jim's daughter Kirsten directed the acclaimed Irish film Disco Pigs . . She regarded this change as pivotal to the film's success, and cannot surely have expected to have repaid her father so quickly and so handsomely.

Together with Naomi, Kirsten co-wrote In America , with the girl's father.

Last month it was was voted best original screenplay at both the Broadcast Critics' Awards in Los Angeles and the National Board of Review in New York. And now In America has been shortlisted in three categories for the 76th Annual Academy Awards, including a nomination for the Sheridan trio for Best Original Screenplay.

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