Oscar 2022: Troy Kotsur Makes History as First Deaf Male Nominee

Troy Kotsur Makes History as First Deaf Male Nominee

His co-star Marlee Matlin became the first deaf nominee and winner in 1986 for Children of a Lesser God.

 

Troy Kotsur has become the first deaf man and the second deaf actor nominated for an Academy Award.

Kotsur is nominated for best supporting actor in CODA, where he plays Frank Rossi, a deaf man who is navigating challenges to his Massachusetts fishing business as his hearing daughter, Ruby (Emilia Jones), who acts as the family’s interpreter, mulls a move to college.

His CODA co-star Marlee Matlin became the first deaf nominee and winner in 1986 for Children of a Lesser God.

“Being nominated and receiving awards, it becomes historical. Many generations can look back and see this as a standout moment with CODA receiving nominations and awards,” Kotsur said.

Children of a Lesser God [the 1986 drama that earned Matlin an Oscar for best actress] was first, and we’re hoping that CODA will be the second. And after I’m dead and gone, I would like to have that legacy.”

CODA became a break-out hit after the 2021 Sundance film festival when Apple acquired the movie for a record-breaking $25 million.

The movie has gone on to be a big contender this awards season, including with best picture nomination, with Kotsur racking up historical nominations and wins along the way. He is also nominated for a SAG award, BAFTA and Film Independent Spirit award.

Nominated with Kotsur in the category:

Ciarán Hinds (Belfast), Jesse Plemons (The Power of the Dog), J.K. Simmons (Being the Ricardos), and Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Power of the Dog).