How CODA, the Aries Family remake, became an Oscar favorite

On March 7, Oscar nominees gathered at the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles for the Academy’s annual luncheon. On the menu: a three-course gluten-free meal, preceded by a cocktail during which the biggest movie stars rubbed shoulders. According to Vanity FairKristen Stewart was reportedly seen chatting with Sian Heder, the writer and director of CODA. This American remake of The Aries Family is nominated in three categories: Best Adaptation, Best Supporting Actor for Troy Kotsur and Best Picture.

always according to Vanity Fair, Sian Heder was accompanied by her actors, who created the surprise by winning the award for best distribution at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. “I had not been so happy since the birth of my children,” rejoiced the director. This prestigious award is considered one of the most reliable indicators for the Best Picture Oscar: more recently, it has shone the spotlight on Parasite by Bong Joon-ho, big winner of the 2020 edition.

“There was a lot of excitement when the team arrived. CODAthe mood was effervescent,” tweeted Rebecca Ford, correspondent for Vanity Fair. “Same vibe as for Parasite, believe me,” wrote podcaster Joanna Robinson. A view that seems to be shared by a number of industry tipsters.


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The title of the film is the acronym of “Child of Deaf Adults”, which designates, in French, a hearing child of deaf parents. This is exactly the situation in which the main character finds herself, young Ruby (Emilia Jones), the only member of her fishing family who possesses hearing. A born singer, the high school student is torn between her parents’ dependence on her and the desire to leave her small coastal town to live from her passion, music. Judging by recent high-profile examples, Hollywood is finally making progress in its portrayal of deaf and hard of hearing people: the musical drama Sound of Metal, starring Riz Ahmed as a drummer who loses his hearing, garnered six Oscar nominations last year, while the franchise Without a soundthe first part of which was released in 2018, is remarkably worn by actress Millicent Simmonds, who has been deaf since childhood.