CODA makes history at the BAFTA Film Awards

Emilia Jones appears in Siân Heder’s CODA, an Official Selection for the 2021 Sundance Film Festival’s US Drama Competition. Courtesy of the Sundance Institute.

At the 2022 EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs), Apple received two historic BAFTA Film Awards for its Apple Original Film ‘CODA’, making it the first film with a mostly Deaf cast to win the BAFTA Film Awards. The winners were announced at a ceremony in London yesterday, Sunday March 13, where the ‘CODA’ actress Emily Jones performed a moving rendition of Joni Mitchell’s ballad “Both Sides Now”, the same song sung by her character in the film.

With a BAFTA award for actor in a supporting role, star of “CODA” Troy Kotsur makes history as the first deaf actor to win a BAFTA in the category. Female writer and director Sian Heder also won its first BAFTA award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

You can read our review of the film here.

In total, Apple has won two BAFTA Film Awards:

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  • Adapted screenplay, Siân Heder
  • Supporting Actor, Troy Kotsur

In Gloucester, Massachusetts, 17-year-old Ruby (Emilia Jones) is the only hearing member of a deaf family – a CODA, child of deaf adults. His life revolves around acting as an interpreter for his parents (Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur) and working on the family’s struggling fishing boat every day before school with his father and older brother (Daniel Durant) . But when Ruby joins her high school choir, she discovers a gift for singing and soon finds herself drawn to her duet partner Miles (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo). Encouraged by her enthusiastic and badass choir director (Eugenio Derbez) to apply to a prestigious music school, Ruby finds herself torn between the obligations she feels towards her family and the pursuit of her own dreams.

The multi-award-winning original Apple film “CODA” continues its streak of global success, recently scoring historic wins at the Screen Actors Guild Awards – and becoming the first film with a mostly deaf cast to receive a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a movie. The film also recently received a Film Independent Spirit Award, four Hollywood Critics Association Awards, an NAACP Image Award, as well as multiple Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Since its worldwide debut, the Apple Original film has also received an unprecedented four awards at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, including the Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Cast, Director’s Award, Audience Award and Grand jury prize, and was awarded an AFI prize.

Since the launch of Apple TV+ just over two years ago, Apple’s series and films have won 219 wins and 950 nominations and have been recognized by the Academy Awards, SAG Awards, PGA Awards, WGA Awards, DGA Awards, Critics Choice Awards, Critics Choice Documentary Awards, NAACP Image Awards, plus previous Daytime and Primetime Emmy Awards, and more.

“CODA” is written and directed by Siân Heder, produced by Vendome Pictures and Pathé, with Philippe Rousselet, Fabrice Gianfermi, Patrick Wachsberger and Jérôme Seydoux as producers, and Ardavan Safaee and Sarah Borch-Jacobsen as executive producers.

“CODA” is now streaming on Apple TV+.

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