The three Oscar wins for the film “CODA” have provided an unprecedented feeling of affirmation to people in the Deaf community.
Howard A. Rosenblum is CEO of the National Association of the Deaf and says the film’s success is due in part to it using actors who are deaf to play deaf characters. Others say the film depicts deaf people as normal, hard-working individuals trying to raise a family. The movie is a coming-of-age tale about the only hearing member in a deaf family. “CODA” became the first film with a largely deaf cast to win Best Picture.
It also won for Best Supporting Actor – Troy Kotsur – and Best Adapted Screenplay.
PHOTO FILE – Eugenio Derbez, from left, Sian Heder, Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur, Emilia Jones, Daniel Durant and Amy Forsyth, winners of the award for best picture for “CODA,” pose in the press room while signing “I love you” at the Oscars on March 27, 2022, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
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