CODA’s Sian Heder Wins Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar – The Hollywood Reporter

Sian Heder won Best Adapted Screenplay for his film CODA at the 2022 Oscars.

Adapted from the 2014 French film The Aries Family, CODA follows the Rossis, a blue-collar fishing family in Gloucester, Massachusetts, as their hearing daughter (played by Emilia Jones), who also acts as a family interpreter, plans to go to college. (CODA stands for “Children of Deaf Adults”.)

“I want to thank all of my collaborators in the deaf community and the CODA community for being my teachers,” said Heder, who also directed the film.

Talk to The Hollywood Reporter in August, Heder talked about working with ASL master Alexandria Wailes on the script for CODA, first writing the dialogue in English, then finding the appropriate interpretation in ASL. Together, Wailes and Heder went through the script, 40% of which is said to be in ASL, and talked about the emotion and intent behind each bit of dialogue. “I’ll be careful with my words,” Heder remembers thinking.

The nominees with Heder were Ryûsuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe (drive my car); Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve and Eric Roth (Dunes); Maggie Gyllenhaal (The lost girl); and Jane Campion (The power of the dog).

CODA became an awards darling, nominated in multiple categories at the 2022 Oscars, including Best Picture. Earlier in the evening, CODA Actor Troy Kotsur won Best Supporting Actor.