The Power of “CODA”

Carrie Johnson

Carrie Johnson
Senior Communications Manager
Hearing Loss Association of America

By Carrie Johnson, Senior Communications Manager, Hearing Loss Association of America

The Apple TV+ film “CODA” captured the hearts of many and was recognized as Best Picture at the Oscars. The Oscars are presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This moving story about a Child of Deaf Adults (CODA) made me laugh and cry. The performance of the Joni Mitchell song “Both Sides Now” by actress Emilia Jones, who plays Ruby Rossi, perfectly captures the emotional tone and themes of the film. 

Deaf actor Troy Kotsur won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the deaf father in “CODA.” Troy says in his acceptance speech, “I just want to say that this is dedicated to the Deaf community, the ‘CODA’ community and the disabled community. This is our moment!” The movie “CODA” also won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay (Sian Heder).

I encourage you to read another perspective from our community on the film:

Film Director Larry Guterman wrote, “CODA: A Director with Hearing Loss Weighs In: Why the Film Deserves Recognition at This Year’s Oscars.” Larry is a member of the HLAA board of directors.

Larry Guterman and daughter at red carpet
Film Director Larry Guterman and his daughter, GG, walked the red carpet at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Awards.

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