2 disability-related films up for Oscars

March 7, 2010 7:10:39 AM PST
Every year, a disability-related film and/or character gets nominated for an Academy Award. This year, two films are nominated in significantly different categories.

Box office hit "Avatar" is nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture. "Music by Prudence" is nominated for Best Short Subject Documentary.

"Avatar" is about a Marine Named Jake Sully who uses a wheelchair. He is sent to the moon of Pandora where his mission is to displace its inhabitants the Na'vi.. Sully is played by Australian actor Sam Worthington.

"He's got no legs, he's disabled, but I think the disability is the face that people tell him what he can't do and that's the real disability. That Earth is on him and he's given the opportunity to go to Pandora and discover himself," Worthington said.

Worthington says his character shows leadership and the power of people with disabilities.

"You keep pushing and pushing and pushing and pushing, and whatever's thrown at you, whatever's thrown at you in life, you can take it on and succeed and by going in full to it with your heart. You can actually kinda make the world a better place," said Worthington.

Short subject nomination "Music by Prudence" focuses on a 21-year-old singer and songwriter from Zimbabwe named Prudence Mabhena and her band members who are also disabled. Prudence was born with a physical disability. She struggles to overcome poverty and discrimination.

Tune in Sunday night, March 7, at 8 p.m. on ABC 7 to find out who goes home with Oscars.