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The 2022 Oscars have already made historical past. The esteemed awards ceremony included unimaginable nominees and winners from a number of totally different backgrounds, together with Troy Kotsur, the primary deaf man to win an Oscar in the perfect supporting actor class at this 12 months’s ceremony. Kotsur performed the function of Frank Rossi within the acclaimed Apple TV+ movie “CODA,” which facilities on Frank’s daughter, Ruby Rossi, the one listening to member of her deaf household.
Korean actress and former greatest supporting actress Oscar winner Youn Yuh-Jung introduced the Oscar for greatest supporting actor to Kotsur, and upon welcoming him to the stage to simply accept his award, she tenderly signed a message to him to indicate her assist. However what did she say?
What Did Youn Yuh-Jung Signal to Troy Kotsur on the 2022 Oscars?
After asserting Kotsur because the winner, Youn signed the phrases, “Congrats, I really like you,” to the actor earlier than enthusiastically welcoming him onto the stage. The actress went on to face beside Kotsur, holding his Oscar for him as he signed his shifting acceptance speech. Many took to social media to speak concerning the tender second, praising Youn for her aware option to signal to Kotsur.
What hit me extra is when Youn Yuh-Jung signed ‘congratulations’ earlier than even spoke Troy Kotsur, I jus knew it’s him received the award.
— Colleen Farrell (@cmbfarrell) March 28, 2022
Different viewers identified the dearth of ASL interpreters current through the Oscars is unacceptable, noting there needs to be ASL interpreters for all classes and wins, not simply classes the place motion pictures surrounding deaf characters are current.
Having an ASL interpreter just for the speeches associated to CODA as if deaf individuals who watch the Oscars will ONLY be occupied with these speeches is 🥴
— Jaleesa Lashay Diaz (@JaleesaLashay) March 28, 2022
Whereas there are not any stay interpreters on stage through the ceremony, this 12 months, there was an ASL stay stream on YouTube, although it is unclear if the stream can be offered yearly.
Troy Kotsur’s 2022 Oscars Speech
Kotsur enthusiastically accepted his Oscar by dedicating it, partly, to the Deaf group. “That is devoted to the Deaf group, the CODA group, and the disabled group,” he mentioned. “That is our second.” He additionally took time to pay tribute to his father, saying, “He was the perfect signer in our household. However he was in a automobile accident, and he turned paralyzed from the neck down. And he now not was capable of signal. Dad, I realized a lot from you; I am going to all the time love you. You might be my hero.”
Watch the second and Kotsur’s speech beneath.
The Oscar for Actor in a Supporting Function goes to Troy Kotsur for his spectacular efficiency in ‘CODA.’ Congratulations! #Oscars @troykotsur pic.twitter.com/pX3tZGzt2X
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) March 28, 2022