"CODA" won the Best Picture Oscar at the Academy Awards 2022 beating several top contenders and becoming the first movie on a streaming service (Apple TV+) to win the coveted prize. The emotional deaf drama won all three awards it was nominated for -- best supporting actor (Troy Kotsur), best adapted screenplay and best film.
The heartwarming movie by Sian Heder tells the story of a teenager (Rubi Rossi, played by Emilia Jones) in United States' Massachusetts, who is caught between her musical ambitions and the responsibility of being an interpreter for her deaf family. The film casts deaf/non-hearing actors Marlee Matlin, Daniel Durant and Troy Kotsur as her family members.
The poignant film had emerged as the key challenge to Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog” after bagging the top prize at the Producers Guild Awards.
Lady Gaga and Liza Minnelli presented the award to the film's producers. Apple TV+, relatively a newcomer in the streaming category has been overshadowed by biggies by Netflix, released "CODA" on August 13, 2021.
"CODA" beat a crowded field that included "Belfast," "The Power of the Dog", "Dune", "King Richard", "West Side Story", "Nightmare Alley", "Don't Look Up", "Drive my Car" and "Licorice Pizza" to take home the coveted prize from the 94th Academy Awards.