Troy Kotsur leaves fans teary-eyed with Oscar speech after winning Best Supporting Actor
With his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, he became the second deaf actor to win an acting Oscar
Emotions ran through as Troy Kotsur ended his season on a high note as he bagged the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in ‘CODA’ on Sunday, March 27. The Arizona native, who has been in the industry for more than 20 years, moved the Internet with his emotional speech dedicated to the deaf community, the industry, and his family.
Troy Kotsur, who recently grabbed some of the top acting awards with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the Screen Actors Guild, Film Independent Spirit, and Critics Choice movie awards, was up against Ciaran Hinds of ‘Belfast’, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Jesse Plemons of ‘The Power of the Dog’ and JK Simmons of ‘Being the Ricardos’. With his Best Supporting Actor award, Troy became the second deaf actor to win an acting Oscar. The first being his ‘CODA’ co-star Marlee Matlin who won an Oscar for lead actress for ‘Children of a Lesser God’ in the year 1986.
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The Oscar award for the Best Supporting Award was presented by last year winner Youn Yuh-jung. Leaving the Internet teary-eyed, Troy in his speech with the help of an interpreter said, “It is amazing to be here. I cannot believe that I am here. Thank you to the Academy for recognizing my work.” In the speech, he also gave a shout-out to the deaf community and remembered his family proudly claiming that he finally made it big.
The 94th edition of the Academy Awards is currently being held at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, March 27. Comedians Regina Hall, Amy Schumer, and Wanda Sykes took over the hosting duties for the coveted award show. Awards in different categories such as film-making, acting, screenplay, costume design, music, and others were given away at the prestigious ceremony.
‘Maybe the best acceptance speech ever’
Social media users thronged to Twitter as one of the users said, “Troy Kotsur with the best speech of the night. Youn Yuh-jung bless you, and please give out all the awards forever. That was everything.” Another chimed in, “Overjoyed at Troy Kotsur’s win. A genuinely beautiful, revelatory performance.” One user added, “What an incredible speech from Troy Kotsur.” The next one shared, “A beautifully moving speech and well-deserved win for Troy Kotsur and the deaf, CODA, and disabled communities.” Meanwhile, one tweeted, “Troy Kotsur's acceptance speech got me cryin.” One person asserted, “Seriously, what moment has been better in the last 20 years than Youn Yuh-jung presenting the Oscar to Troy Kotsur?!? I'm all verklempt.” And, another concluded, “Maybe the best acceptance speech ever, signed, by Troy Kotsur.”
Overjoyed at Troy Kotsur’s win. A genuinely beautiful, revelatory performance. #AcademyAwards— Adrian (@strangerbyday) March 28, 2022
Troy Kotsur's acceptance speech got me cryin' #AcademyAwards— brad (@crabmoss) March 28, 2022