Apple TV+ inclusive original movie “CODA” has won an Oscar for Best Picture from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the 94th Annual Academy Awards on March 27, 2022, in Los Angeles. The movie’s stars also won Oscars for Best Supporting Actor for Troy Kotsur, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Siân Heder.
Prior to its win at the Oscars, “CODA” won the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Picture and it was speculated that the movie would win Best Picture at the 2022 Academy Awards. Siân Hederm is the writer and director of the movie and it is produced by Vendôme Pictures and Pathé, with Philippe Rousselet, Patrick Wachsberger, Jérôme Seydoux and Fabrice Gianfermi.
The representation of the deaf community of Apple TV+ “CODA” with a predominately deaf cast impresses the Academy Awards jury
With a predominantly deaf cast, Apple TV+ “CODA” became the first movie to win Oscars for the leading role, along with Best Picture; Troy Kotsur won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor award, and the movie’s writer-director Siân Heder won an Oscar for the Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2022 Academy Award.
Kotsur is the first deaf actor to win multiple awards for his exceptional work. Previously, he won the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting RoleBest Supporting Actor award at the 2022 Critics Choice Awards and the Best Supporting Male award at the 2022 Film Independent Spirit Awards, the first deaf actor to win a Spirit Award.
Zack Van Amburg, Apple’s head of Worldwide Video said that everyone at the company is ecstatic with the win for the movie that represents the deaf community and breaks barriers with a representative cast of the movie.
“On behalf of everyone at Apple, we are so grateful to the Academy for the honors bestowed on ‘CODA’ this evening. We join our teams all over the world in celebrating Siân, Troy, the producers, and the entire cast and crew for bringing such a powerful representation of the Deaf community to audiences, and breaking so many barriers in the process. It has been so rewarding to share this life-affirming, vibrant story, which reminds us of the power of film to bring the world together.”