Oscars 2022 brought forward many iconic moments. And some much-needed drags by hostesses Amy Schumer, Regina Hall, and Wanda Sykes regarding sexuality, gender gap, etc. Will Smith won his very first Oscar but as one may think it would make the predominant noise, it actually didn’t. What went viral was rather Will Smith and Chris Rock moment that had the internet wilding. Besides this particular moment, there were other moments too that needed attention. Troy Kotsur, an American actor and director, made history at Oscars 2022 as he became the first deaf man to win an Oscar.
‘CODA’ star Troy Kotsur Gave Heartwarming Speech After Making History at Oscars
Kotsur played a struggling father who is a fisherman and wants to relate to his hearing daughter in the iconic movie ‘CODA’. After accepting the award, which was a huge moment of representation in Academy Awards’ history, Kotsur gave a sweet speech dedicated to his father. He said,
My dad, he was the best signer in our family, but he was in a car accident and he became paralyzed from the neck down, and he was no longer able to sign. Dad, I learned so much from you. I will always love you. You are my hero.
Furthermore, Kotsur went ahead and thanked all deaf theater stages who helped him. He said in his acceptance speech,
I really want to thank all of the wonderful Deaf theater stages where I was allowed and given the opportunity to develop my craft as an actor. Thank you.
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Troy Dedicated His Award to Deaf Community
Troy, while on one the biggest stage, did not forget his community. Towards the end, he gave a special thanks to his community and his family:
I just wanted to say that this is dedicated to Deaf community, the CODA community and the disabled community. This is our moment. To my mom, dad and my brother Mark, they are not here today. But look at me now. I did it. I love you. Thank you.