Troy Kotsur made history in Oscar Awards 2022becoming the first deaf artist to win an Academy Award in the Best Supporting Actor category for his role in “CODA”.
His film partner, Marlee Matlin, became the first deaf actress ever to win an Oscar when she won Best Actress in 1987 for her performance in “Children of a Lesser God.”
Visibly touched by this admission, Kotsur was shedding tears in his eyes as he took to the stage. Many of the audience at the Doble Theater stood on their feet and gave a silent applause by waving their hands.
Actress Yoon Yeoh Jung presented her award to Kotsur, and carried it to him while he was using sign language to accept the Oscar.
“It’s amazing to be here on this journey. Sign kotsur.” “I really want to thank all the wonderful stages of deaf theater where I was able to develop my craft as an actor.”
He continued, “My dad was the best signer in our family but he had a car accident and got paralyzed from his neck down and can’t sign anymore…You are my hero.”
Kotsur added that his Oscar was “dedicated” to the deaf community.
The actor previously received a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild for his performance in the film.
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