Troy Kotsur became the second deaf actor and the first male deaf actor to win an Oscar. The Academy Award went to Kosur for his role in a film about the hearing child of deaf parents.
Kotsur won the prize for his role as fisherman Frank Rossi in “CODA,” the deaf father of Emilia Jones’ Ruby – the “child of deaf adults” as alluded to in the title.
Marlee Matlin, his co-star in “CODA,” was the first deaf actor to win the best actress award for “Children of a Lesser God” in 1987.
Kotsur beat out Ciarán Hinds, “Belfast, ”Jesse Plemons, “The Power of the Dog, ”JK Simmons, “Being the Ricardos, and”Kodi Smit-McPhee, “The Power of the Dog.”