CODA took Apple TV+ where no streaming service has gone before. The film captured best picture at Sunday’s Oscars, a first for a streaming service after years of Netflix and other contestants campaigning for such an honor.
In 2016, Amazon Manchester by the Sea became the first movie from a streamer to land a Best Picture nomination. This year, Netflix had Don’t look up and The power of the dog in the best picture race too. Netflix has tried over the years to get the best picture, but in the end Apple beat it to the punch. CODA’The win also comes in a year in which the box office remains challenged amid the coronavirus pandemic, and several films in the category have moved to streaming day-to-day, including Dunes and King Richard.
CODA hails from writer-director Sian Heder, who won an Oscar for his adaptation of the hit 2014 French film The Aries Family. Breakout Troy Kotsur won Best Supporting Actor.
CODA centers on a blue-collar fishing family, the Rossis, which includes a deaf mother, father and son, and a daughter, who hears and serves as an interpreter for the rest of the world. His best picture wins a stellar haul for the project, which sold to Apple at Sundance for $25 million and was hailed as a watershed moment for deaf portrayal on screen.
“Thank you to the Academy for letting our CODA make history tonight,” said producer Philippe Rousselet as he accepted the Best Picture Oscar. He then praised his director, recalling their first day of filming, during which they were supposed to film at sea at 4 a.m., but were told a storm was brewing.
“You kept the boat afloat,” said Rousselet. “You were the best captain a producer could dream of.”
This year’s top nominees were also included Belfast, drive my car, Licorice Pizza, alley of nightmares and West Side Story.