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Apple Original Film “CODA” honored with NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

Press Release February 26, 2022

At this year's 53rd Annual NAACP Image Awards, it was revealed that Academy Award-nominated and acclaimed Apple Original Film “CODA” landed the award for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture.

To date, global sensation “CODA” has received multiple significant and historic awards nominations, including three Academy Award nominations, three BAFTA Film Award nominations, two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations and a PGA Award nomination. In addition to receiving the Sundance Grand Jury Prize following its debut at the festival, the acclaimed and history-making film has been honored with an AFI Award.

The recognition by the NAACP adds to the two previous NAACP Image Awards that Apple TV+ has been recognized with since its launch just over two years ago for Apple Original series “Truth Be Told” and film “The Banker.” At last year’s NAACP Image Awards, Apple Original Film “The Banker” was honored with an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture. This year, Apple TV+ received a total of nine NAACP Image Award nominations across five Apple Original Films and three series.

Recognized as the nation’s preeminent multicultural awards show from an African American perspective, the NAACP Image Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts and those who promote social justice through their creative work.

Since the debut of Apple TV+ just over two years ago, Apple’s series and films have earned 205 wins and 950 nominations and have recently received recognition from the Academy Awards, SAG Awards, Critics Choice Awards and Critics Choice Documentary Awards, as well as past Daytime and Primetime Emmy Awards, plus more.


Now streaming on Apple TV+, “CODA” is a Sundance sensation, having premiered at the festival this year and garnered four awards from the prestigious film festival, including the US Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. In “CODA,” seventeen-year-old Ruby (Emilia Jones) is the sole hearing member of a deaf family – a “CODA,” child of deaf adults. Her life revolves around acting as interpreter for her parents (Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur) and working on the family's struggling fishing boat every day before school with her father and older brother (Daniel Durant). But when Ruby joins her high school’s choir club, she discovers a gift for singing and soon finds herself drawn to her duet partner Miles (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo). Encouraged by her enthusiastic, tough-love choirmaster (Eugenio Derbez) to apply to a prestigious music school, Ruby finds herself torn between the obligations she feels to her family and the pursuit of her own dreams.

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