Oscars 2022: Troy Kotsur makes history as first deaf male actor to win for Coda
Posted by  badge Boss on Mar 28
Troy Kotsur won for his incredible performance in Coda (Picture: Reuters)

Troy Kotsur has made history at the Oscars, becoming the first deaf male actor to win for .

The actor, who starred as Frank Rossi in the heartwarming film, follows in the footsteps of his co-star Marlee Matlin (who played his wife in Coda), after she won in 1986 for Children of a Lesser God.

Speaking on stage alongside an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter, Troy, , paid tribute to director Sian Heder, his father and his family, and expressed gratitude that the film had ‘reached out worldwide.’

‘It even reached all the way to the White House…we met our president Joe and Dr Jill,’ he said. ‘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.’

He also praised the ‘wonderful deaf theatre stages, where I was given the opportunity to develop my craft as an actor.’

Addressing Sian directly he said: ‘You are our bridge and your name will forever be on that bridge, Sian Heder bridge, in Hollywood.’

Troy gave an emotional speech (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)
His co-star Marlee won in 1986 (Picture: Getty Images)

‘This is dedicated to the deaf community, the Coda community and the disabled community,’ Troy added. ‘This is our moment.’

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, played by Troy and Marlee, are concerned about their fishing business, while her brother Leo (Daniel Durant) struggles with his place in the family.

Also making history at the Oscars was , who became the first openly gay woman to win in the acting categories.

Oscars 2022 winners

Best Picture

Actress in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain - The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Actor in a Leading Role
Will Smith - King Richard

Actress in a Supporting Role
Ariana DeBose - West Side Story

Actor in a Supporting Role
Troy Kotsur - Coda

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

Documentary Feature
Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
CODA - Siân Heder

Writing (Original Screenplay)
Belfast - Sir Kenneth Branagh

Costume Design
Cruella - Jenny Beavan

International Feature Film
Drive My Car (Japan)

Animated Feature Film

Visual Effects
Dune - Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor and Gerd Nefzer

Dune - Greig Fraser

Makeup and Hairstyling
The Eyes of Tammy Faye - Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram and Justin Raleigh

Production Design
Dune - Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Zsuzsanna Sipos

Film Editing
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

Best Sound
Dune - Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill and Ron Bartlett