GLOUCESTER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The film "CODA," shot in Gloucester and other parts of Cape Ann, took home a prestigious "Best Picture" Oscar at the Academy Awards on Sunday.
The film, which aired on Apple TV+, centers on Gloucester teenager Ruby Rossi (played by Emilia Jones) and her family, all of whom are deaf except for her. The movie follows Ruby as she explores a passion for singing and tries to balance her desire to follow her singing career with her need to help the family run its fishing business.
Producer Patrick Wachsberger thanked "the fisherman community in Gloucester," by name in his acceptance speech.
The Oscar was a historic win for the deaf community, as the movie was the first with a majority-deaf cast to take home the award.
Scenes in the film take place throughout Gloucester and Rockport.
Troy Kotsur, who plays Ruby's father Frank, also took home an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, the first time a deaf man had won an Oscar and only the second time a deaf actor or actress had ever won an Academy Award. He dedicated his win to "the Deaf community, the CODA community and the disabled community," and his father.
The film's director Sian Heder won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.