CODA’s Middle American Heart Upends Industry Heavyweights

In Analysis by Michael Rae

Even regular moviegoers might have been a bit baffled on March 27, 2022 when CODA won the much coveted Best Picture Academy Award. Critics derided it as a “feel good” coming-of-age drama. Simultaneously released on AppleTV+ streaming service, the movie also didn’t spend much time in commercial movie theaters. Nevertheless, the American-French feature film also scooped up Best Supporting Actor (deaf actor Troy Kotsur) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Sian Heder).
For a “small” movie with a production budget of just $10 million, those wins were a hefty catch. Film critics and industry watchers didn’t expect CODA, an acronym for Child Of

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