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Historic nominations for the 2022 Oscars include Troy Kotsur from ‘CODA’, the 2nd deaf actor ever to be nominated.

LOS ANGELES – In 1987, Marlee Matlin made history as the first deaf actor to win an Oscar for her performance in “Children of a Lesser God.”

At the time, it felt like a big breakthrough, but Matlin has since said “focus has moved” because nominations did not follow for deaf or other disabled actors.

Thirty-five years later, her “CODA” co-star, Troy Kotsur, won the title of best supporting actor, becoming only the second deaf actor to be nominated for an Academy Award.

“I felt like I had a layer of dust on my back and it was finally starting to get clean. I felt a little lighter,” he said of his nomination. “This chip is off my shoulders and yes, it’s a historic moment. It really, it will be recorded. Even after I leave this planet, it will still be recorded in history books. And It’s really a blessing.”

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“CODA” – named after “child of deaf adults” – is a coming-of-age film that follows the Rossi family as they argue over the fate of their gambling business. catch their fish. Kotsur and Matlin portray the parents of Leo and Ruby, the only auditory members of the quartet.

This is one of the projects released last year starring deaf actors and typical stories about deaf people. Lauren Ridloff stole the scene as a racing superhero in Marvel’s “Eternals,” and Millicent Simmonds helped defeat the monster in “A Quiet Place Part II.”

Their deafness isn’t always central to the plot, but when it does, those storylines are handled with care and nuance – because, in most cases, they’re developed with care in mind. help from consultants and experts in American Sign Language (ASL).

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People with disabilities have long been one of the most underrepresented groups in film and television. In 2020, USC AnnenbergThe Inequality Report found that only 2.3% of all talking characters in the top 100 grossing films of 2019 were even depicted with a disability, much less played by an actor with a disability.
Later nearly 30 times won Oscars for characters with disabilitiesonly Matlin and Harold Russell in “The Best Years of Our Lives” in 1946 actually have.

In an interview with On The Red CarpetKotsur said he hopes Hollywood can continue to tell diverse stories in collaboration with different groups of people.

“There are so many stories to tell from the deaf community,” he said. “It’s important that Hollywood remains open.”

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Mark your calendars: March 27 is Oscar Sunday. The live broadcast begins Sunday morning and continues all day with a special “On the Red Carpet” leading up to the 94th Academy Awards. After the final awards are handed out, stay” On the red carpet” to continue reporting. Be sure to follow @OnTheRedCarpet on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok for all your Oscar news and information.

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Dais Johnston

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