“CODA” wins Oscar for Best Movie

August 18, 2022

Against all odds, CODA defeated the favorites for Best Picture and won the top award at the 2022 Oscars. Get to know the details of this fabulous production, where the renowned Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez has an important participation.

On Sunday, March 27, the 94th edition of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Hollywood’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held its 94th Oscar Awards. Undoubtedly, the most important award of the night was for Best Movie. Curiously, for this year 2022, the coveted statuette went to a film that was not among the favorites, CODA: Signs of the Heart.

In fact, if we are talking about number of nominations, the list of the top 5 films out of the 10 nominees for Best Picture looked like this:

  1. The Power of the Dog (12).
  2. Dune (10).
  3. West Side Story (7).
  4. Belfast (7).
  5. The Williams Method (6).

The film that broke new ground at the Oscars 2022

CODA was nominated in 3 categories: Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor. In the end, it won all the awards. Its name comes from the acronym of Child of Deaf Adults, which means child of deaf adults.

The film is an adaptation of the 2014 French film The Béiler Family, now directed by Sian Heder. Unlike the original film, CODA featured 3 deaf actors among its cast: the renowned Marlee Matlin, Daniel Durant and Troy Kotsur. The latter became the first hearing impaired man to win the award in the Best Supporting Actor category.

In addition, the low-budget film was chosen as the opening night film of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. CODA swept the prestigious event, becoming the first production to accumulate the Directing, Audience, Grand Jury and Special Cast Awards.

From this, the biggest streaming platforms fought for it until finally Apple TV+ paid 25 million dollars to release it worldwide, becoming the most expensive sale ever made in this field.

What is most striking is that CODA broke out of the statistics by beating out productions at the Academy Awards that undoubtedly had more exposure and featured big name actors in the industry.  It is clear that the critics were leaning towards The Power of the Dog, although admittedly some pundits mentioned that Sian Heder’s film could surprise, and indeed it did.

What is CODA about?

Young actress Emilia Jones plays Ruby, precisely a daughter of deaf adults (CODA). As the only one in her family who can hear, she has the responsibility of being the communication bridge between her parents and her brother with the outside world.

The plot revolves around Ruby’s dilemma of finishing high school and wanting to pursue her dreams while her family depends on her in different ways.  It is a musical, emotional film, with touching, funny and motivational moments, plus a bit of tension, some social criticism and a touch of young love that gives it a touch of tenderness.

Eugenio Derbez in CODA

Mexico and all of Latin America is definitely proud to see Eugenio Derbez in his portrayal of music teacher Bernardo Villalobos.  In the story, Mr. V. is the one who recognizes Ruby’s talent and encourages her to prepare herself to apply for a scholarship at the Berklee College of Music.

It is true that the public is used to seeing Derbez in roles related to comedy, but this time the Mexican star had the opportunity to show his dramatic side, something he wanted to do since he was a child. One of the challenges he faced in CODA was the musical part, so he chose to prepare himself by taking piano lessons and thus achieve an impeccable interpretation of his character.

Through his social networks, Eugenio has shown that he put all his heart into CODA. In one of his posts he mentioned that the Oscar winner was inclusion and that history can be made even without big budgets or big names. Proud and happy, he wrote a ¡Viva México! Valid also for all of Latin America.

In short, CODA is proof that a well-told, character-driven story that touches the heart is perhaps just what the world needs right now.

Have you already seen this movie? What did you like the most? And if you haven’t seen it yet, put it on your to-see list because you won’t want to miss it!