The 94th Academy Awards ceremony surely offered audiences a close, tense race when it came to Best Picture.

Competing across the coveted category were the likes of The Power of the Dog, Dune, Drive My Car, Don’t Look Up, Belfast, and beyond.

However, it was ultimately CODA that took home the prestigious statue, making history in the process; Apple TV+ is now the first streamer to win the Academy’s highest honour and the film itself is the first with a predominantly Deaf cast to earn it.

Not only that, but the movie also triumphed in the Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay categories.

With some audiences flocking to see the film at long last, they may find themselves puzzled by the film’s title. So, what does CODA stand for in the movie?

still from CODA trailer, Apple TV+

What does CODA stand for in the movie?

CODA is an acronym for “child of deaf adults.”

The film tells the story of Ruby, who is the titular child of deaf adults. She is the only hearing member of her family, made up of her mother, father, and brother. As a family of fishermen, they have grown somewhat reliant on her when it comes to negotiations with others in the trade.

However, she feels conflicted, torn between her aspirations as a singer and helping her family earn a living.

Since its premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, the production has been praised for starring a number of Deaf performers.

CODA — Official Trailer | Apple TV+

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‘It was a beautiful thing’

Marlee Matlin recently opened up about working with the cast on CODA, sharing her insight as a Deaf actress to Town and Country Magazine:

“It was instant connection. The four of us really trusted each other. It was a beautiful thing and something I’ll never forget. I understand the culture that the family operates within because I’ve seen it, I’ve lived it. We’re highlighting a family that celebrates their deafness.”

Marlee herself is a deaf mother to four hearing kids, bringing authenticity to the role of Jackie, Ruby’s mother.

“I told my team: ‘I have to do this.’ I just went for it 100%. It was exactly what I was looking for my entire career,” she added when addressing how much she was determined to come aboard CODA.

CODA offers a cast to cherish

You can check out the cast of the film below, which includes Best Supporting Actor-winner Troy Kotsur:

  • Emilia Jones as Ruby Rossi
  • Troy Kotsur as Frank Rossi
  • Daniel Durant as Leo Rossi
  • Marlee Matlin as Jackie Rossi
  • Eugenio Derbez as Bernardo “Mr. V” Villalobos
  • Ferdia Walsh-Peelo as Miles
  • Amy Forsyth as Gertie
  • Kevin Chapman as Brady

CODA is now streaming on Apple TV+.

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