coda won Best Picture at the 2022 Oscars, a milestone (and shocking to some) for the future of film.
This Oscar win makes Apple the first streaming service to win Best Picture, beating Netflix The power of the dog and Don’t look up.
The power of the dog was considered by many to be the front-runners leading up to this year’s Oscars. But, coda won three of the four major guild awards leading up to the Oscars. The musical drama won top awards from the Screen Actors, Writers and Producers’ Guilds (The power of the dogmeanwhile picked up the top prize from the Directors’ Guild.)
The film was nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay for Sian Heder and Best Supporting Actor for Troy Kotsur. It also won both awards, with Kotsur becoming the first deaf male actor to win an acting award.
While coda won all three awards it was nominated for, The power of the dog fought in the night. Jane Campion’s film won in just one of the 12 categories in which it was nominated, with Jane Campion winning Best Director.
This win makes the film its first feature film since Ordinary people 1981 to win best film with no nominations in the craft categories.
It is also the third time a film directed by a woman has won a Best Picture Oscar The injured locker in 2010 and nomadic country in 2021.
The Apple TV+ film began garnering accolades during its run at the Sundance Film Festival, where it received the Grand Jury Prize. The film thus wins both awards for the first time.
During Sundance, the film set a record for the festival’s most expensive acquisition, with Apple paying $25 million for the film. Deadline reported that Apple beat Amazon over the film.
Producer Philippe Rousselet led the acceptance speeches by saying, “Thank you to the Academy for supporting our coda make history tonight.”
He later added: “It wasn’t an easy journey. From the first day of shooting, when our cast and crew were due to be out fishing at 4am, being told that a huge storm was about to hit us was just the beginning of our problems, but you kept the boat afloat. “
Coda (which stands for “Children of Deaf Adults”) is a remake of the French film La Famille Belier. It stars Emilia Jones as the only non-deaf member of a deaf family who begins to find themselves through singing. Starring alongside Jones is Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin (the only deaf actress to win Best Actress) and Troy Kutsur, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor.
Ahead of this year’s Academy Awards, Heder told the AV Club, “The ride this film has taken is an absolute dream. And I remember before Sundance, when I knew the festival was going to be virtual, I had no idea if anyone was going to be watching. And we didn’t have a rental on site. I was so afraid that the film would never find its way into the world and would have no way forward. And that was just amazing.
coda is now streaming on Apple TV+.
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