Apple TV + independent film CODA wins two Gotham Awards

Emilia Jones won a Gotham Award for her role as Ruby in the movie Apple TV + CODA.
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The Gotham Independent Film Awards presented an Apple TV + movie CODA two wins on Monday. Stars Emilia Jones and Troy Kotsur each won a trophy for their role in the film, the story of a child of deaf adults (CODA) who must choose between family obligations and her dream of becoming a singer.

The stars received their awards in person on November 29 at 31st Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in Manhattan. In its film category, the Gotham Awards present several categories rewarding American feature films made for less than $ 35 million. Apple spent $ 25 million to secure the streaming rights to CODA, a Sundance film.

CODA wins in the actor categories at the Gotham Awards

CODA received three nominations in the Gothams. Emilia jones won the Breakthrough Performer Award for her lead role as Ruby Rossi, the hearing child of the family who wants to sing but finds the pursuit of that dream difficult, given the family dynamics.

Troy Kotsur won the Outstanding Supporting Performance trophy for his role as Frank Rossi, Ruby’s father. Marlee matlin received an Outstanding Supporting Actor nomination for her role as Jackie Rossi, Ruby’s mother. However, the veteran actress did not win the award.

In his acceptance speech, Jones thanked CODA writer and director Sian Heder for the way she “took a chance with me”.

“I didn’t know sign language,” Jones said. “I hadn’t really sung before and I never fished. “

In the film, Jones plays the only hearing member of a deaf family. The family’s business fishes off the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Well received

CODA is critically acclaimed. He obtains 96% and 93% of the “Fresh” ratings on Rotten tomatoes from critics and viewers, respectively. It is also noted as the first feature film to ever hit theaters with engraved subtitles.

Mac Cult Scout film and television critic Tafoya offered a somewhat mixed view of CODA in his review.

The film also won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.