LOS ANGELES ( Associated Press) – Actor Troy Kotsur, the first deaf male to be nominated for an Oscar, won Best Supporting Honor for his role in “Coda” at the Academy Awards on Sunday.
Kotsar joins ‘Koda’ costar Marlee Matlin as the only deaf Oscar winner. At 21, Matlin remains the youngest-ever Best Actress winner for the 1986 drama “Children of a Lesser God.”
After already winning trophies from the British Academy Film Awards, SAG, Critics’ Choice and Independent Spirit, star-studded audiences got on their feet for a heavy favorite Kotsur. Javier Bardem, Jessica Chastain, Nicole Kidman and others raised their hands and waved them—known as deaf claps.
Presenter Yoon Yuh-jung, last year’s Supporting Actress winner, signed Kotsur’s name before saying it to the mic. He handed the Oscar to Kotsur, then quickly took it back, freeing his hands to make his remarks in American Sign Language. An interpreter joined him on stage and strangled him while giving Kotsur’s remarks.
“It’s amazing to be here on this trip,” signed off Kotsur. “I can’t believe I’m here.”
In “Koda”, which stands for Child of a Deaf Adult, Kostur plays Frank, whose daughter Ruby struggles with being the only member of her family who is not deaf and the responsibility she feels for them.
Kotsur’s televised speeches at the other shows where he won were a highlight every time, and he did not disappoint in the moment of his life.
“I just wanted to say that this is dedicated to the deaf community, the CODA community, and the disabled community,” Kotsur signed off. “This is our moment.”
The 53-year-old actor from Mesa, Arizona has worked hard in the industry for over 30 years. He expressed his gratitude for the recognition of “CODA” after years of financial struggles. Kotsur’s career has received a welcome boost as a result of the accolades.
Kotsur’s wife, actress Dean Bray, is deaf. He kissed her before going on stage.
Most of Kotsur’s career has been spent on stage. He appeared in productions for the National Theater of the Deaf and the Deaf in Los Angeles.
His television credits include “The Mandalorian,” “CSI: NY,” “Scrubs” and “Criminal Minds.”
Kotsar won Oscars over Ciaran Hinds of “Belfast”, Jesse Plemons and Cody Smit-McPhee of “The Power of the Dog” and JK Simmons of “Being the Ricardos”.
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