Academy Governor Marlee Matlin, an Oscar-winning deaf actor

The 17 branches of the film industry, as well as the directors, producers, editors, and visual effects team, are represented by the governors.



The Academy announced on Wednesday that Marlee Matlin, an Oscar-winning deaf actor who starred in this year's Best Picture winner CODA, had been elected to the board of governors. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that bestows the annual Oscars, announced that Matlin would be joining a new group of governors for the 2022–2023 campaign. Governors are chosen from 17 disciplines of the film industry, including visual effects artists, actors like Matlin, and directors, producers, and editors. They supervise the Academy's activities.


Ava Duvernay, the filmmaker of Selma, and Steven Spielberg are two other prominent members of the Academy's board of governors.


Matlin fills the void left by Laura Dern (Marriage Story) in the actresses' branch, joining Rita Wilson and Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost, The Color Purple) (Sleepless In Seattle).


Children of a Lesser God star Matlin, who made history by being the first deaf actor to win an Oscar, received praise this year for her portrayal of a slightly crazy but vulnerable mother.


The uplifting independent film follows high school student Ruby, a Child of Deaf Adults (CODA), as she balances her musical aspirations with her family's need for her to interact with the hearing world.


The movie defeated stiff opposition to win Apple the highly-coveted Best Picture award, beating out streaming competitors like Netflix and Hollywood's traditional studios. This victory is a major step forward for the representation of people with disabilities in movies.

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