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Apple scored at the Oscars for its original movie “CODA,” which won the Best Picture award, making Apple TV+ the first streaming service to be honored with the award.
At Sunday’s 94th Academy Awards, Apple TV+ was represented by two films nominated for a total of six awards, with “CODA” alongside “The Tragedy of Macbeth” in three categories each.
“CODA” won the top prize of the awards and won the category for best photo. Apple TV+ beat out nine other major films to qualify for the award, including “Drive My Car,” “Dune,” “Licorice Pizza,” “The Power of the Dog” and “West Side Story.”
The film is a milestone in a number of ways, including its first nomination for Best Picture for Apple TV+. It is also the first film with a predominantly deaf cast to be honored in the category and the first film from a streaming service to win the award.
Troy Kotsur, who played father “Frank Rossi” in “CODA”, won his Best Actor in a Supporting Role category, after previous accolades at the BAFTAs and other ceremonies. Kotsur also made history by becoming the first deaf male actor to ever receive an Oscar nomination, 35 years after co-star Marlee Matlin won best actress for 1987’s “Children of a Lesser God.”
Sian Heder won the Best Adapted Screenplay Award for ‘CODA’, beating the writers behind ‘Drive My Car’, ‘Dune’, ‘The Lost Daughter’ and ‘The Power of the Dog’ on the gong.
“On behalf of everyone at Apple, we are so grateful to the Academy for the honor given to CODA tonight,” said Zack Van Amburg, Apple’s head of Worldwide Video. “We are joining our teams around the world to celebrate Sian, Troy, the producers and the entire cast and crew for bringing such a powerful representation of the Deaf community to the public and breaking so many barriers in the process .”
Jamie Erlicht, Apple’s Head of Worldwide Video, said: “It was a real pleasure to witness the positive impact on humanity that this story and its performances have had worldwide. Congratulations to Sian; Troy; the cast; the creative team; producers Patrick, Philippe and Fabrice; and everyone who helped bring inclusion and accessibility to the fore through this remarkable film.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter shortly after the win and posted a photographer from the cast at the event. “Team CODA has created an extraordinary film, a story of hope and heart that celebrates our differences,” Cook wrote of the film’s “historical victories”.
The Tragedy of Macbeth
Denzel Washington’s portrayal of the titular character in “The Tragedy of Macbeth” was not enough to win Best Actor against Will Smith for “King Richard”. The nomination was Washington’s tenth at the Oscars, having previously won Best Actor for “Training Day” in 2002 and Best Supporting Actor for “Glory” in 1990.
Bruno Delbonnel narrowly missed out on Best Cinematography for his work in “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” in a category that also included “Dune,” “Nightmare Alley,” “The Power of the Dog” and “West Side Story.” Greig Fraser eventually won for his work on ‘Dune’.
Stefan Dechant did not win the Best Production Design category for ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’, but did win for Patrice Vermette and Zsuzsanna Sipos for ‘Dune’.