Troy Kotsur wins Oscar for Coda
Troy Kotsur won best supporting role at last night’s Oscars ceremony becoming only the second actor with hearing loss to be acknowledged by the Academy Awards.
Kotsur played fisherman Frank Rossi in CODA, which tells the story of 17-year-old Ruby supports her family members, who all have severe hearing loss, running a fishing business.
Last night’s Oscar is the latest in a string of awards Kotsur has won for the film, alongside a Screen Actors Guild, a Critics’ Choice and a Bafta.
At the ceremony Kotsur received a standing ovation applauding in American Sign Language ASL).
“This is amazing to be here on this journey,” he said. “I cannot believe I’m here.”
“I was planning on teaching some dirty sign language but Marlee Matlin told me to behave myself,” he told the star-studied audience referencing the first Oscar winner with hearing loos who won best actress for Children of a Lesser God in 1987.
Kotsur went on to credit his father who was involved in a life-changing road accident.
“My dad, he was the best signer in our family,” he said. “But he was in a car accident and he became paralyzed from the neck down and he was no longer able to sign. Dad, I learned so much from you. I’ll always love you. You are my hero.”
The actor went on to dedicate his awards to “the deaf community, the Coda community, the disabled community. This is our moment.”
CODA is available to watch now on Apple TV+