Lewis garners the Best Actor Academy award for his portrayal of Christy Brown, an artist stricken with Cerebral Palsy who teaches himself to paint using only his left foot in Jim Sheridan’s My Left Foot (1989).
. . . all our desire to make the film, all the strength that we needed, all the pleasure that we took in making the film came from Christy Brown. When he was alive he needed very little encouragement to make his voice heard. Now he needs a little more. And I’m truly grateful to you that in honoring me with this award you’re encouraging Christy to carry on making his mark. Thank you very much indeed.