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The Oscars Cannot Be Disability-Friendly Until They Have This

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At the 2021 Academy Awards, Marlee Matlin, the youngest actress to ever win an Oscar in the Best Actress category, and the only deaf person to ever win an Oscar, was invited to present the 2021 Best Documentary Short Subject and Best Documentary Feature — in sign language.

However, when Matlin was supposed to present the Oscar awards, the much-anticipated rare moment was cut out when the camera panned away and left us with only the interpreter’s voiced narration.

This inaccessible decision rightfully sparked anger and disappointment, including from countless Twitter users who called on the Oscars to rethink this decision.

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