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Apple becomes the first streamer to win an Oscar for Best Picture with ‘CODA’

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Three years and three days after it was first unveiled, Apple TV+ captured the first-ever Best Picture Oscar for a streaming service with CODA† The film also won a historic win for Best Supporting Actor as Troy Kotsur became the first deaf male actor to win an Oscar. Writer and director Sian Heder also won for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Featuring a mostly deaf cast, the film follows Ruby (played by Emilia Jones), a high school student who navigates life as the only hearing member of a deaf family in Gloucester, Massachusetts. “This is a very big moment for the deaf community. It’s a very big moment for the disabled community,” Heder said in a backstage ABC interview, through an ASL interpreter, as Variety reported. “Marlee Matlin won an Oscar 35 years ago and not much has changed in Hollywood, so I want to thank the Academy for making that change. Let this be the first of many, many films to come out of this wonderful community.”

Apple paid $25 million for the distribution rights to the film, which has had a limited theatrical run and is currently streaming on Apple TV+. It surpassed that of Netflix The power of the dog which was another favorite in that category.

However, after a record 27 nominations, Netflix did not leave empty-handed. Jane Campion won a historic Best Director Oscar for The power of the dog, becoming only the third woman to win the award. (Chloé Zhao took the award last year for nomad landwhile Katheryn Bigelow previously won for The hurt lockerThe power of the dog was nominated for 12 Oscars, including Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor/Actress, but Campion was the only winner.

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Sci-fi did particularly well at this year’s Oscars. Dune, released simultaneously in the US on HBO Max and in theaters, won a whopping six Academy Awards. The highlight was Greig Fraser’s win for Best Cinematography, presented live during the broadcast (above). However, the film’s other awards were presented for the first time in Oscar history prior to the ceremony, something that was frowned upon by several attendees, including Steven Spielberg. They include wins for Best Production Design (Patrice Vermette, Zsuzsanna Sipod), Best Film Editing (Joe Walker), Best Sound (Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill, Ron Bartlett), Best Visual Effects (Paul Lambert) and Best Original Score (Hans Zimmer).

Dune doesn’t count as a streaming release, though, and others don’t like Disney’s either encanto, which won the best animated film. Overall, movie streaming fared worse than last year, with four statues compared to seven at the 2021 Oscar ceremonies.

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