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Not that anyone asked, but while “CODA” is a nice movie that you should definitely check out if you have Apple TV+ (or maybe get a free trial and then cancel it), I thought this was a terrible pick for best picture.
Troy Kotsur’s winning comedic performance absolutely deserved recognition in Best Supporting Actor, both because it was very good and also because it’s pretty different from anything we’ve seen before. But the central dramatic tension of the story ends up just getting waived away in a montage after a sentimental father-daughter moment. That’s fine for a lighthearted family comedy, but it’s a shame to give it a huge award in a year when we had a bunch of great nominees ranging from a sci-fi blockbuster to a quiet Japanese movie where the credits don’t start until 40 minutes in.
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