5. Daniel Day Lewis as Christy Brown
Character: Christy Brown
Film: My Left Foot
Year Released: 1989
The difficult and celebrated film focuses around one of the most harrowing biographies of an artist imaginable. Christy Brown(Day-Lewis) is a man born with cerebral palsy in Ireland in the 30's, a time when people had a poor and limiting understanding of disabilities. His mom saw in him an intelligence and sensitivity that no one else could even imagine and over time Brown learns to paint and write using only the digits of his left foot. In doing so, he reveals to the world a truly brilliant mind. Day-Lewis won his first of two (will it soon be three?) Academy Awards for playing one of the most difficult roles imaginable and nailing it.