Troy Kotsur Becomes First Deaf Actor to Win a Solo SAG Award for ‘CODA’
Troy Kotsur became the first deaf actor to win a solo Screen Actor’s Guild award for his supporting role in the film ‘CODA’.
CODA tells the story of a child of a deaf adult, or CODA, who as the only hearing member of her family serves as an interpreter for her mother, father and brother while dreaming of becoming a singer.
“Now that I feel like I’ve broken in and received these nominations, I’m so glad that they recognized me — not because I’m deaf but because I’m a talented actor,” says Kostur of his nomination. He went on to comment on the limited opportunities for deaf actors in the film business.
“Do you see my beard? I have many pieces of hair making up my beard. Can you count them? No, you don’t have the time for that. That is like so many of the hearing actors out there with many opportunities. But a deaf actor is just like one small hair.”
‘CODA’ also won outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture. Deaf actress Marlee Matlin accepted the award on behalf of the cast, telling the audience; “”We look forward to more opportunities for deaf actors [and] deaf culture. Thank you. We love you.”