Apple Original Films’ celebrated, award-winning film “CODA” received nine nominations from the Hollywood Critics Association (HCA) yesterday, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cast Ensemble, Best Actress, and more.
The nominations come on the heels of the revelation that the cast of “CODA” would receive the HCA’s Spotlight Award at this year’s ceremony, which will be held on January 8, 2022, at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA.
Siân Heder, the writer and director of “CODA,” received nominations in both the Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay categories, in addition to Best Picture and Best Indie Film.
Following their triumphs at the Gotham Awards on Monday night, “CODA” received four acting nominations, with actors Emilia Jones and Troy Kotsur receiving nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor, respectively.
Marlee Matlin, who won an Academy Award for her role in “CODA,” was nominated for an HCA Film Award for Best Supporting Actress, while the entire cast was nominated for Best Cast Ensemble. The film’s stirring original song “Beyond the Shore,” which was written by Nick Baxter, Siân Heder, Marius de Vries, and Matt Dahan and sung by Emilia Jones, was also nominated for Best Original Song.
- Best Picture – “CODA”
- Best Director – Siân Heder
- Best Actress – Emilia Jones
- Best Supporting Actress – Marlee Matlin
- Best Supporting Actor – Troy Kotsur
- Best Cast Ensemble – “CODA”
- Best Adapted Screenplay – Siân Heder
- Best Indie Film – “CODA”
- Best Original Song – “Beyond the Shore”
“CODA” was a big hit this year, premiering at the festival and winning four awards, including the US Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award.
Ruby (Jones), 17, is the only hearing member of a deaf family – a CODA, or child of deaf adults. Her days are spent interpreting for her parents (Matlin and Kotsur) and working on the family’s struggling fishing boat with her father and older brother every morning before school (Daniel Durant).
However, Ruby develops a talent for singing when she joins her high school’s choral group, and she is quickly captivated by her duet partner Miles (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo). Ruby is caught between her commitments to her family and the pursuit of her own aspirations, as she is encouraged to apply to a prominent music school by her enthusiastic, tough-love choirmaster (Eugenio Derbez).
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