Is CODA the little movie that could?

Is  Coda the little movie that could? We watched this on the weekend, a wonderful and I think very important little film.

 For The New York Times

The Apple TV+ dramedy about deafness and music scored a major victory at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday night, winning the group’s best-film award.

“As a producer, I’ve always been drawn to stories that are filled with humanity,” Phillippe Rousselet, one of the producers of the movie, said in his acceptance speech. “In a world where we see the lack of it every day, I’ll take this award as a sign that there’s still hope.”

The PGA Award is often considered the strongest industry bellwether for best picture. Since 2009, when the guild and the Oscars both expanded their number of best-film nominees and adopted a preferential ballot, the two groups have differed only three times in their ultimate selection.

The PGA victory for “CODA,” in addition to its recent best-ensemble win at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, appears to be setting the film up for a best picture face-off against Netflix’s “The Power of the Dog,” which has so far collected top honors from the Directors Guild of America, BAFTA and the Critics Choice Awards. Between those two movies, Oscar night will almost certainly culminate with a streaming service winning Hollywood’s biggest award for the first time.

Still, it’s worth nothing that “CODA,” which stands for children of deaf adults, received only three Oscar nominations compared with the 12 earned by “The Power of the Dog,” and it lacks the directing and editing nominations that typically indicate best-picture strength. Indeed, no film since 1932’s “Grand Hotel” has won Oscar’s top prize without either of those key nominations.

To get to best picture, “CODA” will probably have to take every Oscar it’s nominated for, a scenario that is seeming more doable by the day as supporting actor Troy Kotsur continues to pick up trophies and after the film’s screenplay pulled out a surprise win at BAFTA.

Elsewhere at the PGA Awards, “Summer of Soul” took the documentary-film honor, while “Encanto” was named the best animated film. The top TV prizes went to “Succession” (best episodic drama), “Ted Lasso” (best episodic comedy) and “Mare of Easttown” (best limited series).

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  1. This is a magical film. Great script (Academy Award nominee), a sublime cast (the father an Academy nominee), beautifully shot and so wonderfully and naturalistically designed and set decorated. It just oozes reality and humanity.

    And great Direction. It is surprising omission from the Director category ….. superior Direction in my view to other nominees.

    Reminds me of magical Driving Miss Daisy all those years ago when Bruce Beresford was excluded from the Director category nominees. The award winning performances in Daisy were Directed !!!

    Good luck to CODA at the Academies next week – a deserved winner for a MUST SEE film.

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