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That’s why the world needs the brilliance of the Oscar-winning film “CODA” right now.

There was an incident last night oscars Ceremony that has become the talk of the world.

The ailing Smith stormed the stage and punched Chris Rock in the face after Rock made a joke at the expense of Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett.

Smith would go on to win the Best Actor award — his first Oscar — for King Richard. In his victory speech, he apologized to the academy and audience for his earlier moment of regret.

But there was a heartwarming and altogether more important story that emerged from the Oscars. We need to talk about it KODAwho deservedly received the award for the best picture.

For all the stars that fill its halls, the Academy Awards have been lackluster over the years. The drama viewers are looking for is incidents like this when things go wrong (we all remember the 2017 Oscars with the la la country v moonlight confuse with).

But it’s also worth noting when things go right and the right winner walks away with the grand prize.

The power of the dog was a long-time favorite for Best Picture, and it is indeed remarkable what Jane Campion (who took home Best Director for her efforts) has achieved with this film.

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Cast and crew of Best Picture winning film ‘CODA’ at the Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles. Photo: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

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It’s a harrowing western about an unpredictable and cruel rancher. The cast – Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee – is fantastic and deserves all of their Oscar nominations. Ari Wegner’s cinematography is stunning and the story is gripping, if harrowing.

Therein lies the problem and why this author was so pleased to see this KODA take home the Oscar for best picture when it couldn’t be Belfast (which this author also loved, and not just because she’s Irish).

We live in dark times that call for feel-good features and uplifting qualities rather than something as gritty as The power of the dog.

Who doesn’t know the story KODA is the story of a deaf family. The youngest daughter, Ruby (played by Emilia Jones), is the only hearing member of the family and has spent her life translating into sign language for her family.

Her parents, Frank (Troy Kotsur) and Jackie (Marlee Matlin), as well as older brother Leo (Daniel Durant), tend to keep to themselves as they feel cut off from the community due to this language barrier.

Ruby is beginning to strike out on her own and joins a choir (when she meets a face familiar to Irish audiences – Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, who played the lead role Sing street) and is considering attending Berklee College of Music.

As a result, the family has no choice but to find a sense of independence and inclusion in their community. They also need to learn if they can let Ruby go.

It’s a beautiful, heartwarming narrative, not to mention its technical feats, with three of the main characters – Kotsur, Durant and Matlin – all of whom are deaf. The actors set records by becoming the first predominantly deaf or non-hearing actor to win the Best Ensemble award at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Kotsur, who gives a humorous, engaging performance as the family’s quirky patriarch, is the first deaf actor to win an acting Oscar (for Best Supporting Actor), a BAFTA, a SAG Award and a Critics Choice Award for his performance in KODA.

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Will Smith (right) punches Chris Rock after a remark Rock made during the 94th Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles last night. Photo: Reuters/Brian Snyder

KODA also signals a big win for Apple TV+, which bought the film after its success on Sundance. It’s a triumph for streaming in general, with services like Netflix and Amazon Prime getting more attention at the Oscars (KODA also had a limited theatrical release).

Some will say his victory is not a complete surprise. After all, the film had previously won the Producers Guild of America (PGA) award for Best Picture, and the PGA has predicted 22 of the most recent 32 Best Picture winners.

Still, it’s time to celebrate this as a momentous event for the deaf community and cinema.

Yes, the big screen continues to struggle — and like an indie darling, we hope so parasite, CODAs win will result in it being re-released in theaters to great acclaim, where moviegoers will be able to enjoy it to the fullest.

but KODA confirms that there’s still plenty of room in cinema for nuanced drama that makes you smile and laugh.

It’s an instant classic, a familiar yet inspiring coming-of-age story.

It’s a happy, moving family celebration and an intimate, well-crafted film that fully deserves the gong for best picture.

https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/heres-why-the-world-needs-the-brilliance-of-oscar-winning-film-coda-right-now-41495434.html That’s why the world needs the brilliance of the Oscar-winning film “CODA” right now.

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