Oscar-winning deaf actor Marlee Matlin, who appeared in this year’s Best Picture winner coda, have been elected to the Academy’s Board of Governors, the organization said on Wednesday. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which presents the annual Oscar awards, said Matlin was part of a new slate of governors who will take office for the 2022-23 season. Governors are drawn from 17 branches of filmmakers, including actors such as Matlin, as well as directors, producers, editors and visual effects teams. He oversees the work of the Academy.
Other notable members of the Academy’s Board of Governors include Steven Spielberg and Selma Director Ava DuVernay.
Matlin takes over vacancy in actors branch left by Laura Dern (wedding story), joining Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost, The Color Purple) and Rita Wilson (sleepless in Seattle,
Matlin, who became the first deaf actress to win an Oscar for her turn Children of a lesser god, She was applauded this year for her role as a slightly cynical, but vulnerable mother.”coda,
The feel-good indie film tells the story of high school teenager Ruby – a child of deaf adults (CODA) – as she fulfills her musical ambitions with her family’s reliance on communicating with the world of hearing.
The film gave Apple tough competition to beat streaming rivals including the highly coveted Best Picture gong, Netflix as well as Hollywood’s traditional studios, and secured a historic win for disability representation on the silver screen.
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