“CODA” Dominates the Academy Awards

ICM Partners is proud to represent CODA, writer/director Sian Heder, and star Emilia Jones. CODA is the film that began as a festival favorite and rapidly transformed into a major threat at the 2022 Oscars. We are pleased to announce that after receiving Oscar nods for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor, CODA took home all three awards. Having already won PGA’s top Best Picture prize, picking up the WGA Award for Adapted Screenplay, and after winning the SAG Award for Motion Picture Ensemble, it’s quite clear that CODA never had any intention of slowing down.

CODA, an acronym for Child of Deaf Adults is a groundbreaking film featuring a predominantly deaf lead cast, with dialogue mostly signed. The film – which was adapted by ICM Partners’ client Sian Heder from the French film La Famille Bélier – won the top prize at Sundance last year and two Screen Actors Guild awards. “CODA does have a double meaning in the title because it’s Children of Deaf Adults, but it’s also the end of a piece of music,” director Sian Heder tells NPR. “It’s a story about the end of childhood.”

Starring Marlee Matlin and Troy Kotsur, the Apple TV+ sensation is a heartfelt dramedy with a sense of inclusion that audiences have been craving. “It was so undeniable once we started auditioning people, how much talent there was in the Deaf community, says Heder in an interview with Decider. “It was a lot easier to make the argument when I could put these auditions in front of studio executives and producers and go, ‘Look how good these actors are. And how stupid would you be, if you didn’t use this talent?’”

CODA is quickly changing the way deaf people are represented and portrayed on screen. Congratulations on such a historic win for the Deaf community!