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When Oscars were Oscars.

On This Day in History tweetz:

On this day 30 years ago – 26 March 1990 – My Left Foot won two Oscars: Best Actor for Daniel-Day Lewis (right) and Best Supporting Actress for Brenda Fricker (left).

Day-Lewis began his acceptance speech by saying, “You’ve just provided me with the makings of one hell of a weekend in Dublin.”

Any excuse.

Festival Director Grainne Humphreys described ‘Cloudburst’ — the tale of two elderly lesbians who escape from a rest home to marry in Canada — as “beguiling as its lovely title suggests”.

However, the 66-year-old film’s lead actress was telling it straight as usual. “It’s a flawed little film. We had no money. There are things wrong with it, we hadn’t enough time — the usual thing but I think it works,” Brenda [Fricker] admitted.

It certainly does, starring Fricker and Olympia Dukakis, as lovers Stella and Dot, ‘Cloudburst’ has been racking up film awards around North America since its release last autumn — most recently winning Best Canadian Film Award at the Edmonton International Film Festival.

Here’s a clip:


Field Day For Star Spotters As Movie A-listers Flock To Festival (Ken Sweeney, irish Independent)

Previously: The Toe-Curling IFTAs

(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)

Asked if she had enjoyed the awards, Ms Fricker said: “No, I hated it. It was mind blowingly, numbingly boring. It was a mess. Badly organised. I was cringing in my seat.”

Ms Fricker told the Irish Independent that the presenting duo of ‘Raw’ actor Keith McErlean and ‘Republic Of Telly’ star Jennifer Maguire — who gave out a number of industry awards — were “disgraceful”.



IFTAs Were A Cringeworthy Disgrace, Says Veteran Brenda Fricker (Ken Sweeney, irish Independent)

(Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland)