Coda has won the best picture award at the Oscars, in a rollercoaster ceremony.
The film beat out stiff competition from The Power of the Dog, King Richard, Nightmare Alley, Belfast, Dune, Licorice Pizza, Drive My Car, Don’t Look Up and West Side Story for the coveted statue.
The Apple TV+ masterpiece, by director Sian Heder, made history on the night after becoming the first movie on a streaming service to win the award.
Lady Gaga and Liza Minelli presented the award to the drama, which has been highly praised by fans and critics.
Producer Phillippe Rousselet took to the mic and first paid tribute to filmmaker Sian.
‘Thank you to the Academy for letting our Coda make history tonight,’ he said. ‘Congratulations to all of our fellow nominees, your movies were so incredible, we’re all honoured to be here.
‘Sian, it hasn’t been an easy ride from the first day of shooting when our cast and crew were supposed to be at sea fishing at 4am when we were told a giant storm was about to hit us.
‘It was only the beginning of our problems, but you kept the boat afloat and you’ve been the best captain a producer could ever dream of.
‘To our incredible cast, you guys have made such a wonderful and loving family on screen but also off screen, everybody wanted to be a part of it and no one seems to want to leave it.’
Fellow producer Patrick Wachsberger added: ‘To our cast, Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin, new Academy Award winner Troy Kotsur, Daniel Durant, Emilia, your voice, and Eugenio Derbez, you made us laugh so much, you really took great care of your movie family.
‘I want to thank also the incredible crew we have, including the fishermen community in Gloucester.
‘The incredible team at Apple TV, they’ve been absolutely amazing from day one and were able to put this movie everywhere in the world, thank you all of you.’
The movie follows Ruby Rossi (Emilia Jones), the only hearing person in a deaf family, as she struggles to balance her dreams of singing and going to music school with her family.
Her parents, Frank and Jackie Rossi (played by Troy Kotsur and Marlee Matlin respectively), are concerned about their fishing business, while her brother Leo (Daniel Durant) struggles with his place in the family.
Oscars 2022 winners
Actress in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain – The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Actor in a Leading Role
Will Smith – King Richard
Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog
Music (Original Song)
No Time To Die from No Time to Die – Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell
Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
CODA – Siân Heder
Writing (Original Screenplay)
Belfast – Sir Kenneth Branagh
Cruella – Jenny Beavan
International Feature Film
Drive My Car (Japan)
Actor in a Supporting Role
Troy Kotsur – Coda
Animated Feature Film
Dune – Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor and Gerd Nefzer
Dune – Greig Fraser
Actress in a Supporting Role
Ariana DeBose – West Side Story
Makeup and Hairstyling
The Eyes of Tammy Faye – Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram and Justin Raleigh
Dune – Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Zsuzsanna Sipos
Dune – Joe Walker
Music (Original Score)
Dune – Hans Zimmer
Live Action Short Film
The Long Goodbye – Aneil Karia and Riz Ahmed
Animated Short Film
The Windshield Wiper – Alberto Mielgo and Leo Sanchez
Documentary Short Subject
The Queen of Basketball – Ben Proudfoot
Dune – Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill and Ron Bartlett
It was a successful night for all involved in the film as Troy took home the best supporting actor gong earlier in the evening.
The actor followed in his co-star Marlee’s footsteps after she nabbed an acting trophy for 1986 film, Children of a Lesser God.
Speaking on stage alongside an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter, Troy paid tribute to director Sian Heder, and his family.
‘It even reached all the way to the White House…we met our president Joe and Dr Jill,’ he told the star-studded crowd.
‘I was planning on teaching them some dirty sign language but Marlee Matlin told me to behave myself, so don’t worry Marlee I won’t drop any f-bombs in my speech today.’
Addressing Sian directly he said: ‘You are our bridge and your name will forever be on that bridge, Sian Heder bridge, in Hollywood.’
‘This is dedicated to the deaf community, the Coda community and the disabled community,’ Troy concluded. ‘This is our moment.’
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