Apple TV+ makes history as first streaming service to win Oscar for Best Picture with ‘CODA’

Apple TV+ on Sunday became the first streaming service to win the Best Picture Oscar, for “CODA.” Earlier in the evening, “CODA” actor Troy Kotsur became the first man who is deaf to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. His “CODA” costar, Marlee Matlin, was the first deaf actor to win an Oscar back in 1987, receiving the Best Actress award for “Children of a Lesser God.” “CODA” Writer and Director Siân Heder also won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The Apple Original Film “CODA” streaming on Apple TV+
The Apple Original Film “CODA” streaming on Apple TV+ wins the Academy Award for Best Picture

Seventeen-year-old Ruby (Emilia Jones) is the sole hearing member of a deaf family – a CODA, child of deaf adults. Her life revolves around acting as interpreter for her parents (Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur) and working on the family’s struggling fishing boat every day before school with her father and older brother (Daniel Durant). But when Ruby joins her high school’s choir club, she discovers a gift for singing and soon finds herself drawn to her duet partner Miles (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo). Encouraged by her enthusiastic, tough-love choirmaster (Eugenio Derbez) to apply to a prestigious music school, Ruby finds herself torn between the obligations she feels to her family and the pursuit of her own dreams.

“On behalf of everyone at Apple, we are so grateful to the Academy for the honors bestowed on ‘CODA’ this evening,” said Zack Van Amburg, Apple’s head of Worldwide Video, in a statement. “We join our teams all over the world in celebrating Siân, Troy, the producers, and the entire cast and crew for bringing such a powerful representation of the Deaf community to audiences, and breaking so many barriers in the process. It has been so rewarding to share this life-affirming, vibrant story, which reminds us of the power of film to bring the world together.”

“What an incredible journey it has been since the moment we first saw ‘CODA’ to today’s historic recognition from the Academy,” said Jamie Erlicht, Apple’s head of Worldwide Video, in a statement. “It has been a true joy to witness the positive impact on humanity that this story and its performances have had worldwide. We send our warmest congratulations to Siân; Troy; the cast; the creative team; producers Patrick, Philippe, and Fabrice; and everyone who helped bring inclusion and accessibility to the forefront through this remarkable film.”

Daniel Arkin for NBC News:

Apple’s triumph on Hollywood’s biggest stage is a major moment for a film industry that has been dramatically transformed by the rise of direct-to-consumer streaming platforms and the growing popularity of at-home entertainment.

The best picture award was accepted by “CODA” producers Philippe Rousselet, Fabrice Gianfermi and Patrick Wachsberger.

Apple CEO Tim Cook also attended the ceremony.

The big win for “CODA” is a milestone for the representation of deaf people in the entertainment industry as well as a potential turning point for Apple TV+, a relatively new service that is trying to position itself as a destination for top-shelf original films in a crowded digital marketplace.

“CODA” followed a charmed road to the Academy Awards. The film was an independently made, international co-production between the U.S., France and Canada, with a script adapted from the 2014 French dramedy “La Famille Bélier.”

Heder’s film premiered at the virtual Sundance Film Festival in 2021 and drew rave reviews, with particular praise reserved for Kotsur’s soulful supporting turn. Apple acquired worldwide streaming rights for $25 million — a Sundance record.

MacDailyNews Take: Congratulations to Heder, Kotsur, and the entire cast and crew of CODA!

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  1. News to me. Will never watch those woke hyenas nor the films they peddle. Flushed them down the same crapper as NFL, NBA, MLB, Target, Delta, American Airlines, Disney, Starbucks … no need to go on. Project for this week … move my banking elsewhere and ditch the woke bank that hates white people.

    1. So basically, you hate non white folks, collaborative endeavors, less fortunate individuals with less than perfect health and any mention of a fairer society.
      Well Mr Nowhere Man, who do you suppose will help you out of the gutter when life bites your sorry ass? And it will.
      But on topic, I’m not sure best picture, best adapted screenplay and Coda belong in the same sentence or stack up against Jane Campion’s Power of the Dog. Drive My Car sits above both imo.

      1. There you go again with your leftist projection smears, WRONGLY accusing someone of white supremacy. @BigX is talking the cancer of woke-ness infecting our institutions at all levels and especially those libtard bigots DISCRIMINATING against whites. Not surprised a leftist moron like you does not have the brainpower to comprehend…

    2. @ First Whatever: of course you would post a propaganda film. All this exciting footage and D’Souza couldn’t bring it to Trump to assist any of his frivolous losing lawsuits.

      There is a way to prove what happened: you present your case in a court of law with facts and witnesses. You trumpistas are too incompetent or lazy to do that. Instead you have a known campaign fraud committing immigrant, who was fired in disgrace from his position as an education administrator for sexual scandal, to present a film to propagate trumpet lies. Just the latest in a string of anti-Christian, anti-minority hypocrisy from a brainwashed propagandist.

      I cannot wait to watch it so we can burn it with Michael Moore’s garbage films. Both extremes are delusional.

        1. STFU you annoying troll. You two or three losers do nothing but spread FUD on a computer blog a year after your idiot leader lost the election and his 50+ lawsuits. All your pretty little what about questions were answered in these lawsuits, YOU go ahead and read the fscking court transcripts. Your tax dollars paid for them after all.

          How pathetic can you be?

  2. Someone was going to be first and glad it was Apple.

    That said, hollow accomplishment movies are filmed the same way. Not a PROUD achievement to circumvent classic theaters adding to their demise and then celebrating…

  3. So Apple wasn’t involved in writing, producing, creating, casting or anything except writing a check in order to stream it? Why s that considered an accomplishment?

  4. The best part was Will Smith winning Best Actor for “King Richard” (Venus and Serena Williams tennis family saga) after committing assault, albeit a bitch slap, after first laughing at Chris Rock’s joke and then the Oscar producers trying to show the Williams’ family, but having to go to static logo because Serena’s left udder was hanging out of her dress.

    You wanted Compton, you got Compton, Academy.

    I remember when the Academy Awards had class. Before they bastardized and destroyed it by kowtowing to the woke “equity and inclusion” minority.

    1. It’s the Biden effect: exuding stupidity.

      Did you see the report on the CCN Libturd blaming Trump for the Academy Awards attack??????? These fucking idiot liburds will stop at nothing

      1. Let’s celebrate Jada Pinkett Smith with Women’s History Month:

        -A biological male is winning in women’s swim competitions
        -A biological male is being named “Women of the Year”
        -The Supreme Court’s 1st black woman nominee is unable to define “woman.”
        -Bioligical males are allowed in women’s bathrooms and locker rooms.

        Libturds were fine with all that!!!

        And libturds think they are the smart ones!!!!!!!!! LOLOLOLOL

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