Some of the biggest names in Hollywood were in attendance at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, where they witnessed highlights, such as Lady Gaga presenting with Liza Minelli, as well as not so sweet moments, namely the altercation between Will Smith and Chris Rock.
This year, a film that already boasted two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two BAFTAs, the Producers Guild of America Award and the Writers Guild of America Award, was nominated in three categories—and won all three.
Running against psychological drama The Power of the Dog, last night, CODA made history.
What is CODA about?
CODA (Child of Deaf Adult), tells the story of Ruby Rossi (Emilia Jones), the only hearing member of a deaf family, who is torn between her musical ambitions and supporting her parents was their family fishing business comes under threat.
The film has been hailed revolutionary for its insights into deaf culture and representation on screen.
Set in Massachusetts, high-school student Ruby helps her father and brother on their fishing boat, and also acts as the family’s interpreter.
Her passion is for singing, and although she wants to follow her talent to Berklee College of Music in Boston, she’s torn to start her life away from her family.
Another level of her dilemma is pursuing something her family cannot connect with.
If she chooses to go, she may hurt them and their fishing business in the process.
Is CODA based on a true story?
Although CODA is not based on a true story, it mirrors real life experiences faced by members of the deaf community and children of deaf adults.
The award-winning film has been adapted from the 2014 French film La Famille Bélier.
Who stars in CODA?
Other actors appearing were Courtland Jones, Eugenio Derbez and Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, and they have won the SAG Award for Best Ensemble.
Emilia, while not a Coda herself, learned ASL for the role, as did director Sian Heder, who worked with deaf actress, dancer, director and educator Alexandria Wailes and ASL master Anne Tomasetti.
Where can I watch CODA?
You can stream CODA right now on Apple TV Plus.
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