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While accepting the Best Supporting Actor award, deaf actor Troy Kotsur gave an emotional speech that even had the American Sign Language (ASL) translator tearing up.
“My dad, he was the best signer in our family, but he got in a car accident and he became paralyzed from the neck down, and he wasn’t able to sign anymore,” Kotsur said in his speech. acceptance, “Dad, I learned so much from you. I will always love you. You are my hero.
The ASL translator held back tears as Kotsur thanked his family, the CODA the film crew and the ASL community.
Kotsur is the first deaf man to win an Oscar for his acting role, he is the second deaf person to win an Oscar. His victory is a historic moment for the deaf community and people with disabilities around the world.
“This is our moment,” Kotsur said, addressing the deaf community.
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When Kotsur’s name was announced and signed by Youn Yuh-jung, the audience also signed “applause” in ASL for Kotsur.
Social media users expressed their love for Kotsur and how his speech brought them to tears as well.
Everything about Troy Kotsur’s win — from the audience signing their applause to Youn Yuh-jung signing his win, then holding the Oscar so he could sign his speech — is the endearing moment I didn’t know we had. need. I am ud83eudd79ud83eudd79ud83eudd79
— Fatima Syed (@Fatima Syed) 1648430718
troy kotsuru2019s speech i cried
— hunter harris (@hunter harris) 1648430762
Kotsur was preferred to win the Best Supporting Actor award for his performance in CODA. The actor has already won a BAFTA, which he said was “thrilled” for bringing attention to the deaf community.
This year’s Oscars ceremony was lively. It all started with DJ Khaled bursting onto the stage and leaving everyone confused, Jason Momoa burped presenting the Best Sound Design Oscar. Hans Zimmer had the coolest acceptance ever, collecting his Oscar in his bathrobe at 2am in Amsterdam.
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