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'CODA' Makes History at the 94th Academy Awards, Proving Authentic Casting Wins

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“This is dedicated to the Deaf community, the CODA community, the disabled community. This is our moment,” Troy Kotsur said when making history after winning the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for “CODA.” Indeed, it was Kotsur’s – and the deaf and disability community’s – moment during the 94th Academy Awards, as “CODA” won all three awards it was nominated for, including Best Picture. “CODA” first made news when it sold for a record-breaking $25 million during the 2021 Sundance Film Festival to Apple TV+.

Kotsur then broke several records throughout this year’s awards season, and on Sunday evening, he became the first deaf male actor to win an Oscar.

He is the second deaf person to win an Oscar after Marlee Matlin (“CODA” costar) won Best Actress in 1987 for Children of a Lesser God.” “For decades, disabled filmmakers have been working to ensure disability is included in diversity conversations, and ‘CODA’s’ win will help ensure this,” said Lauren Appelbaum, Vice President of Entertainment and News Media at RespectAbility. “It is important, however, to ensure that the narrative of future films is good.

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