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Coda stars say film’s success is helping Hollywood’s fear of deafness ‘vaporize’

The stars of award-winning film Coda say its success has caused Hollywood’s “fear” to battle deafness on screen to “vanish”.

Academy Award winners Marlee Matlin and Troy Kotsur, who star in the Apple TV movie alongside Emilia Jones and Daniel Durant, said it was a game changer for the entertainment industry.

Coda follows the story of Ruby (Jones), a child of deaf adults (Coda) and her fishing family.

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Troy Kotsur has won SAG, Bafta and Critics Choice Awards for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

The film has already received several awards, including the SAG Award for Best Ensemble Cast, and will win Best Picture at this year’s Oscars on March 27th.

Kotsur has also won SAG, Bafta and Critics Choice Awards for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film.

“After those nominations, I really think it’s going to have a huge impact on Hollywood,” he said in a Variety question-and-answer session.

“I hear with more people who want to meet me, for example they have a script that has a hearing character but they want to change it to a deaf character now.

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Coda’s director Sian Heder, who is nominated for an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, said the film was “life-changing” (Ian West/PA).

“They meet me and ask, ‘How can we make this work with communication?’

“So now I see Hollywood starting to look for something new and that fear starting to dissipate. This is really just the beginning.”

Matlin, who became the youngest Oscar winner for best actress at 21 for her role in 1986’s Children of a Lesser God, added: “In 35 years I’ve been offered screenplays that weren’t necessarily made for deaf characters, and she tried, but it wasn’t enough.

“I think as a result of Coda, however, I think that fear will go away.”

Coda’s director Sian Heder, who is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, said the film was “life-changing” and wanted to make her career as an ally of the deaf community.

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