My Left Foot: This 1989 star turn for Daniel Day-Lewis tells the true story of Irish writer Christy Brown, who was believed to be developmentally disabled as a child. In fact, Brown was born with cerebral palsy. He teaches himself to write and paint with his left foot, his only controllable limb.
DID YOU KNOW? Though Daniel Day-Lewis is British, the role of Brown was the first in a string of parts — including his roles in The Boxer and In the Name of the Father — in which his character was Irish.
The Mighty: This 1998 film tells the story of two seventh-grade boys (one played by Kieran Culkin, brother of Macaulay) who feel like outsiders. One of the boys has a learning disability, the other has Morquio’s syndrome, which causes his bones to stop growing. But what makes these two different from the other kids bonds them together.
DID YOU KNOW? Just three years after Sharon Stone received an Oscar nomination for her role in Casino, she was nominated for a Golden Globe award for her supporting role in The Mighty.
Ray: The true story of how Ray Charles lost his sight at age six and then went on to become a rhythm-and-blues legend was a hit at the box office in 2004 and at the Oscars.
DID YOU KNOW? Jamie Foxx won a lead-actor Oscar for playing Charles and was nominated for a supporting-actor Oscar in the same year for his part in Collateral. — E.D.