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Apple’s CODA wins best picture Oscar

March 28, 2022

By Nik Roseveare

Apple TV+ movie CODA, which tells the story of a teenager who is the only hearing member of a deaf family, has become the first streaming movie to win the coveted best picture at the Oscars.

Going into the awards ceremony on March 27th, the low-budget, independent film CODA was considered a major underdog to the Netflix western The Power of the Dog, which still earned the best director award for Jane Campion.

CODA – which stands for Children of Deaf Adults – been praised for its representation of a deaf family, and for its casting of deaf actors. They included Marlee Matlin, who became the first deaf Oscar winner 35 years ago, and Troy Kotsur, who became the second on March 27th when he won best supporting actor.

Delivering his speech via an interpreter, Kotsur dedicated his Oscar to “the deaf community, the CODA community and the disabled community”, adding “this is our moment.”

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