For this episode, Nate and Ryan watch the most recent Best Picture winner, CODA. Its story of a deaf family portrayed by deaf actors is an important step in diverse representation and storytelling. Even before its historic Oscar win for Troy Kotsur – the first deaf man to win an acting Oscar, CODA was making waves at Sundance when Apple TV+ paid 25 million dollars for distribution rights. A quiet momentum built as Oscar time neared, and the Best Picture win that seemed like a long shot in December 2021 became the sure bet in the weeks before the ceremony. CODA won all three Oscars it was nominated for (the third going to writer/director Sian Heder for her adapted screenplay) and is the rare Best Picture winner that clicked both with audiences and critics. But what do Ryan and Nate think?
What are your thoughts on CODA? Is it deserving of Best Picture? What else could have won? Let us know!