Disability-related films get Oscar nominations

AIDS, mental illness and cancer are the disabilities of some Best Actor nominees' characters. There is also a disability-related film nominated for Best Picture.
March 2, 2014 7:03:40 AM PST
This year's Oscar-nominated themes range from slavery to aging and disability.

AIDS, mental illness and cancer are the disabilities of some Best Actor nominees' characters. There is also a disability-related film nominated for Best Picture.

"Dallas Buyers Club" is based on a true story about an electrician and hustler named Ron Woodroof who is diagnosed with HIV-AIDS.

Given 30 days to live, he works around the system to get medication for himself and other aids patients.

Woodroof was played by Matthew McConaughey, who is nominated for Best Actor.

Jared Leto was also in this film. He plays a transgender named Rayon who becomes Woodroof's business partner. Rayon is diagnosed with HIV-AIDS. Leto is nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

Cate Blanchett from the film "Blue Jasmine" is nominated for Best Actress. She plays a rich wife who loses her husband, money and struggles with mental illness.

Another nominee for best actress is Meryl Streep. She plays a character with cancer in "August: Osage County".

Winners will be announced Sunday night on ABC7 at 7 p.m.


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