Coda: Plot of Oscars 2022 Best Picture winning film, where to watch – and cast featuring Emilia Jones

The 94th Academy Awards saw AppleTV+ hit a major milestone with its pioneering drama Coda, which has been praised for its representation of a deaf family.

By Kian Rains
Friday, 1st April 2022, 6:11 pm

The coming-of-age drama Coda, which features several deaf actors in central roles, was named Best Picture at the 2022 Academy Awards.

It was a tremendous victory for the low-budget film, directed and adapted by Sian Heder and is the third-ever movie directed by a woman to win the prestigious accolade.

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"Coda" cast and crew accept the award for Best Picture onstage during the 94th Oscars (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

Coda, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2021 and debuted on Apple TV, also won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar.

The Oscars win marked a milestone for AppleTV+ as it became the first-ever streamer to win the award.

The company beat off strong competition from Netflix, which had two movies up for the award in Jane Campion’s western The Power Of The Dog, which was tipped as the likely winner of the Best Picture prize and Don’t Look Up.

Here is everything you need to know about the film.

US actor Troy Kotsur won the Best Actor in a Supporting Role for "CODA" (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

What is the plot of Coda?

CODA is an English-language remake of the 2014 French-language film La Famille Belier.

It follows Ruby Rossi, the only hearing member of a deaf family who struggles to balance high school and the family fishing business, which is under threat.

Ruby signs up for the school choir, and singing becomes a passion, but suddenly, the talented young girl finds herself torn between pursuing her dream and her fear of abandoning her parents.

Who stars in the film?

The film stars 20-year-old Welsh actress Emilia Jones as Ruby and deaf performers Troy Kotsur, Marlee Matlin and Daniel Durant as her family.

Kotsur has received praise for his performance and became the first deaf male actor to win an Oscar at the ceremony for his part in the film.

He dedicated his win to “the deaf community, the Coda community and the disabled community”, adding: “This is our moment”.

Matlin is one of America's best-known Deaf actresses and previously won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1987 for her role in the drama Children of a Lesser God, becoming the first deaf performer ever to win an Academy Award.

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Where can I watch the film?

Coda is available to stream online in the UK through Apple TV+.

After CODA was shown at the Sundance Film Festival, Apple bought its distribution rights for $25 million (£19 million), a record at the time.

Apple TV+ is available for a monthly subscription of just £4.99 per month.

New customers can get a seven-day free trial, and the streaming service is also free for three months with the purchase of any Apple device.

What does Coda mean?

Coda comes from the acronym CODA (Child of Deaf Adult), a reference to the film that follows a young girl’s experience as the only hearing member of a deaf family.

However, the term has various meanings and refers to “the end of an event”.

It is often used in reference to music and ballet and occasionally to signify the end of a story.