‘CODA’ gains momentum at the Oscars with the highest award at the PGA Awards

THE ANGELS – “CODA” won the first prize of the Producers’ Union Awards on Saturday night, boosting the possibility that the short film will have a great night at next week’s Oscars.

The story of three deaf adult family members and a fourth deaf family member seeking a singing career has beaten major competitors, including “The Power of the Dog”, “Dune” and “West Side Story” for take an award that … more often than not, wins the Academy Award for Best Picture.

“This film was an amazing ride, it was so special to do, there was so much love and so much heart,” Fabrice Gianfermi said as he accepted the award with his co-producers of “CODA,” Philippe Rousselet. and Patrick Wachsberger at the 33rd PGA Awards.

An American sign language translator, who was on one side of the stage during the night’s speeches, was in the lead during the acceptance of “CODA” and another was in front of the stage to translate the three actors in the film who are deaf: Troy Kotsur , Marlee Matlin and Daniel Durant.


“CODA,” an acronym for “Children of Deaf Adults,” is nominated for three Oscars at the March 27 ceremony, including Best Adapted Screenplay for screenwriter and director Sian Heder and Best Supporting Actor for Kotsur, which most expect who became the first deaf actor since Matlin in 1987 to win an Oscar.

After winning the best lineup at last month’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, it began to appear that “CODA” could have a real consideration for best film. The odds may improve. The best PGA Award winner has won the best Oscar in three of the last four years and 10 of the last 13. The Academy Award vote closes on Tuesday.


The PGA Awards, a non-television program at Los Angeles Fairmont Century Plaza that honors film and television producers, looks like both a company awards banquet and a typical awards show, with no shortened speeches for time or curses cast.

“Producing something s — is really f —— difficult,” said Issa Rae, producer of “Insecure” and “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” as she accepted the guild’s Visionary award.

Ninety-year-old Rita Moreno, star of the 1961 and 2021 versions of “West Side Story,” accepted the guild’s Stanley Kramer Award, which honors someone who has combined a career in art and activism.

“This business has taken tenacity and hard work,” Moreno said. “Advocating for social justice issues for the last 60 years has been exhausting, stimulating and invigorating.”

Moreno said the night itself was joyful and exhausting after taking the stage at 11pm local time, almost three hours into the show.


“I was very tired,” he said. “My buttocks are a little sick.”

George Lucas and Kathleen Kennedy, administrators of the Star Wars universe and producers of many other notable films, have been honored for their careers with the PGA Milestone Award.

Presenter Steven Spielberg, whose films were produced by Lucas and Kennedy, called them “two titans” who are still “like children playing in a sandbox.”

Lucas acknowledged that his favorite achievement may not be the most popular among his peers, including the one he presented on Saturday.

“What I am most proud of is digital cinema. That was something I worked on for 20 years. It cost millions of dollars to make it possible, “Lucas said.” Some still don’t believe it. Where’s Steven? ”


Spielberg, standing on his wings, represented the operation of a traditional film camera, to laugh at the crowd.

“But we’re all friends,” Lucas said.

“Summer of Soul” won the PGA Documentary category and “Charm” won the Animated Film Award. Both are also nominated for Oscars.

In the PGA TV categories, the awards went to the producers of “Succession”, “Mare of Easttown” and “Ted Lasso”.

Greg Berlanti, producer of programs such as Dawson’s Creek and several DC comic book series, received the Norman Lear Award from the guild and was praised for promoting LGBTQ characters and stories.

Outgoing co-chairs of the guild Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher were weeping as they expressed the joy of finally being able to see their colleagues reunited in person after two years during which the pandemic forced the program to go virtual.


They praised their fellow producers for keeping the industry alive during their tough tenure.

“Hollywood loves a comeback story,” Fisher said, “and boy, yours is for the times.”


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‘CODA’ gains momentum at the Oscars with the highest award at the PGA Awards

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