March 27, 2022
Apple’s ‘CODA’ wins historic Best Picture Oscar
‘CODA’ Becomes First Film With A Mostly Deaf Cast To Win Best Picture, Star Troy Kotsur Is The First Deaf Male Actor To Win An Oscar, Siân Heder Wins Best Adapted Screenplay, And Apple Becomes The First Service streaming honored with best picture at the Oscars
cupertino, california Apple Tonight made history after “CODA” picked up three Oscars from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, with wins for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Troy Kotsur and the Best Adapted Screenplay for Siân Heder. The winners were announced tonight at the 94th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles.
‘CODA’ Is First Film Featuring a Mostly Deaf Cast in Leading Roles to Win Best Picture; Troy Kotsur is the first deaf male actor to win Best Supporting Actor; and writer-director Siân Heder won her first-ever Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
“On behalf of everyone at Apple, we are very grateful to the Academy for the honors bestowed on ‘CODA’ tonight,” said Zack Van Amburg, head of Worldwide Video at Apple. “We join our teams around the world in celebrating Siân, Troy, the producers, and the entire cast and crew for bringing such a powerful portrayal of the deaf community to audiences and breaking down so many barriers. in the process. It has been so rewarding to share this vivid and vibrant story, which reminds us of the power of cinema to bring the world together. »
“What an incredible journey it’s been from the moment we first saw ‘CODA’ to today’s historic recognition from the Academy,” said Jamie Erlicht, head of Worldwide Video at Apple. “It was a true joy to witness the positive impact on humanity that this story and its performances have had around the world. We extend our warmest congratulations to Siân; Troy; the cast; the creative team ; producers Patrick, Philippe and Fabrice; and everyone who helped bring inclusion and accessibility to the fore with this remarkable film.
Apple received three awards in total at the 94th Academy Awards:
- Best Supporting Actor: Troy Kotsur in “CODA”
- Best Adapted Screenplay: Siân Heder for “CODA”
In addition to honors at today’s Oscars, the globally acclaimed film has received many historic accolades since its debut, becoming the first film with a mostly Deaf cast to receive a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a movie. At this year’s PGA Awards, “CODA” became the first film with a mostly Deaf cast to receive the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Best Motion Picture Producer, honoring producers Philippe Rousselet, Fabrice Gianfermi and Patrick Wachsberger. Troy Kotsur is the first deaf male actor to receive an Oscar, BAFTA Award, SAG Award, Film Independent Spirit Award, and Critics Choice Award for his moving performance in the Supporting Actor category. “CODA” writer-director Siân Heder was also recently honored with this year’s WGA Award and BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
At the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, where Apple’s original film had its world premiere, “CODA” was honored with four unprecedented awards, including the Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Cast, the of the realization, the audience award and the grand jury. award, making him the first major Sundance winner to win a Best Picture Oscar. “CODA” also received an AFI Award, an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture and four Hollywood Critics Association Film Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay for Siân Heder and Best Supporting Actor for Troy. Kotsur, as well as an HCA Spotlight award.
Since launching Apple TV+ just over two years ago, Apple shows and movies have garnered 240 wins and 953 nominations, including recognition from the Oscars, SAG Awards, BAFTA Film Awards, Critics Choice Awards, Critics Choice Documentary Awards, NAACP Image Awards. , Daytime and Primetime Emmy Awards, and more.
Ruby (Emilia Jones), 17, is the only hearing member of a deaf family – a CODA, or “child of deaf adults”. His life consists of acting as an interpreter for his parents (Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur) and working on the family’s struggling fishing boat every day before school with his father and older brother (Daniel Durant). But when Ruby joins her high school choir, she discovers a gift for singing and soon finds herself drawn to her duet partner, Miles (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo). Encouraged by her enthusiastic and badass choir director (Eugenio Derbez) to apply to a prestigious music school, Ruby finds herself torn between the obligations she feels towards her family and the pursuit of her own dreams.
“CODA” is written and directed by Siân Heder, produced by Vendôme Pictures and Pathé, with Philippe Rousselet, Fabrice Gianfermi, Patrick Wachsberger and Jérôme Seydoux as producers, and Ardavan Safaee and Sarah Borch-Jacobsen as executive producers.
“CODA” is now streaming on Apple TV+.
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