“Coda” star Troy Kotsur made history tonight at the 2022 Oscars.
The 53-year-old is the second deaf actor to win the Oscar, the first man to take home the trophy. The actor scored a win for his role in the Apple TV drama on Sunday, March 27. Host Yuh-jung Youn held his statuette next to him as he spoke to the crowd in sign language.
“My father, he was the best signer in our family. But he was in a car accident and was paralyzed from the neck down,” he said in his moving acceptance speech, noting that his father was unable to sign afterward.
“Dad, I learned so much from you. I will Always Love You. You are my hero.” Kotsur also thanked “all the wonderful deaf theater stages” that have allowed him to hone his craft over the years.
“This is dedicated to the deaf community, the CODA community and the disabled community; this is our moment!” he added.
He also joked about a visit to the White House by the “CODA” cast. “I was planning to teach them dirty sign language, but [“CODA” co-star] Marlee Matlin told me to behave. So don’t worry Marlee – I won’t be dropping F-bombs in my speech today.”
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“CODA” is a heartwarming story about a high school student who lives with her mother, father and brother, all of whom are deaf. The cast of “CODA” — an acronym that stands for “Child of Deaf Adult” — includes 56-year-old Matlin, who was the first deaf actor nominated and then won an Academy Award for a leading role in the 1986 film “Children of a Lesser.” of God.”
Kotsur was virtually congratulated shortly after the win by “Marvel” actor Chris Evans.