CODA: Apple's trump card to Oscars

Oscars like the Nobel is the highest civil award given in the world of performing arts.

The Oscars hold extremely high value for actors, production houses, directors, producers, and every other member of the crew. Because it symbolizes excellence.

From Leonardo Di Caprio and Meryl Streep to Jackie Chan and Satyajit Ray. Many great icons in the world of performing arts have got this recognition. That’s why it's a dream for many to win it.

One such category of Oscar is Best Animation, which started with the legacy with none other than Walt Disney.

But as of now, Walt isn’t alive anymore but it's in his memory that the Oscar Association gives out an Oscar for Best Animation every year.

And, this year it may be Apple’s turn to finally add that immaculate piece of silverware to their accolades as CODA becomes the very first animated movie/series to be nominated for this category.

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"CODA"—Apple received its first nomination for best picture for this drama. It also made history when Troy Kotsur was nominated for supporting actor, becoming only the second deaf actor to be nominated.

The film also won a nomination for best screenplay adaptation.

The film is about the Rossi family from Gloucester, Massachusetts. Ruby, who is a senior in high school, is the only hearing member in her family. She is also often their only link to the hearing world.

"I'm simply shocked. I'm amazed. "I'm very happy for this cast and staff," says the director regarding CODA's reception.

It was a sloppy production.

It was a small indie movie, and people put their hearts into it, and it's fantastic to see it recognized on such a massive scale.

I am incredibly moved by the cast and their devotion to these characters, as well as the story, and what this type of representation can do for the community."


"CODA" is indeed adapted from the French film "La Famille Belier," so the concept isn't wholly original.

However, what's unique here and what can make all the difference is the actors.

The family members in the well-meaning film were the only characters with hearing (except the brother, who was brought in by deaf-speaking actor Luca Gelberg).

They are all played by real deaf actors in Heder's film, a spectacular group of legends like Oscar winners Marlee Matlin and Troy Kotsur, and Daniel Durant, infusing her adaptation with an uncommon authenticity that is innate.

Ruby Jones is a 17-year old dedicated high schooler living in Cape Ann's coast city of Gloucester.

She usually rises at the crack of dawn to assist her family members, her dad Frank (Kotsur) and her older brother Leo (Durant), along with their mother Jackie (Matlin) at their fishing boat and recently discovered fishing business.

Heder will be quick to provide us with an inside look at Ruby's daily routine. As the only hearing member of the Rosie family, she is accustomed to being her family's interpreter who is proficient in sign language around the world, translating every conceivable scene in two ways every day: at meetings in town; in the doctor's office (an early example of which, thanks to Kotsur's golden comedy chops, can be played for full-scale laughs); and onboard, a hearing officer must be present to heed the signals and coastal announcements.

What Ruby can offer is so well-balanced and amazing that it takes a moment to realize how exhausting the entire arrangement can be for a young woman. Even though she manages to appear as if she's brimming with maturity as well as a feeling that is way beyond her years.

First of all, she's very aware of the things that are private about her parents, such as their medical issues and (to her joyous horror) sexual life. But then suppose the world of hearing becomes brutal or insulting and threatening.

In that case, she joins in like a protective instinct, always putting them first over herself.

However, when Ruby becomes a member of an orchestra at her school and discovers her talents in singing and performing, it upsets her equilibrium and makes her uneasy with her family members.

Particularly when she chooses to apply to Boston's Berklee College of Music.

Following a schedule of rehearsals that is often in conflict with her work within the business of her family. Miles (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo from "Sing Street"), a timid kid who has a deep respect for Ruby, complicates matters even more.