Mar 27, 2022 - Technology

Troy Kotsur makes history as 1st male deaf actor to win Oscar

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"CODA" star Troy Kotsur thanked his father while accepting an Oscar award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, calling him the "best signer in our family."

Why it matters: Kotsur is the first male deaf actor to win an Oscar. He's also the second deaf actor to win an Oscar after his "CODA" co-star Marlee Matlin, who won in 1986 for "Children of a Lesser God."

Details: In his acceptance speech, Kotsur also thanked "CODA" director Sian Heder, who shortly after was awarded her own Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

  • “I read one of [Steven] Spielberg’s books recently and he said the definition of the best director was a skilled communicator. Sian Heder, you are the best communicator," he said.

The big picture: "CODA" is a drama about a young girl who is the only member of her family that can hear. The film is also nominated for Best Picture.

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