Voters in the Screen Actors Guild are making it clear that representation matters.
During the 2022 SAG Awards, all eyes were on the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role category. With stars like Jared Leto, Bradley Cooper and Ben Affleck nominated, it's easy to see why.
But on Feb. 27, the award ultimately went to Troy Kotsur for his performance in CODA. The moment made him the first deaf actor to get an individual SAG Awards win.
"Wow! Wow!" Troy said on stage with help from an interpreter. "Thank you so much to all the members of SAG. I am so proud to be a member. I've been a member since 2001, and so now I feel like I'm finally part of the family."
The actor recalled the years where he slept in his car and in dressing rooms backstage before becoming a SAG actor. Now, he's celebrating the success of CODA, which is short for Child of Deaf Adults and also stars Marlee Matlin, Daniel Durant, Emilia Jones and Amy Forsyth.
"The producers, thank you so much for having faith in our project," he said. "They really believed in us, and they believed in our amazing director, Sian Heder, who is a fine director."
Troy continued, "I'm so grateful to Apple TV+ for all of their support and access, like closed captioning, providing ASL interpreting services and believing in us deaf actors and casting us authentically as actors who are deaf."
Before heading off stage, Troy also thanked his family and had a note for his wife, Deanne Bray, and their 16-year-old daughter, Kyra.
"Kyra, this award is not for you to hang your jewelry on, all right?" he joked. "Keep that in mind. And finally, thank you to my wife for reminding me to check my fly before walking on the red carpet. Thank you. Love you all."
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