Chicago's Paul Raci, who was an Oscar nominee last year, spoke with ABC7's Hosea Sanders about what this breakthrough movie means to the deaf community he's a part of.
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"CODA" stands for Child Of Deaf Adults. Ruby is the only hearing member of her family, their interpreter and lifeline.
The cast of "CODA" is earning a major award. Troy Kotsur already has a collection, and is the front runner to get an Oscar Sunday. It would make him the first deaf actor to win. His co-star, Marlee Matlin, who grew up in Morton Grove, got the Academy Award 35 years ago.
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"Sound Of Metal" took audiences into the realm of silence. Paul Raci earned an Oscar nomination last year, for a part his wife Liz helped him get. Now, he's pulling for another film that reflects his life.
The actor still gets emotional remembering what he told his brother when he left his deaf parents behind for his own life.
"I'm sorry," Raci said, choking back tears. "I said, 'it's all yours now,' and I left home."
Raci has worked with Troy Katsur for decades in Deaf West Theatre.
"These pretty boy actors, in Hollywood, I'm gonna talk some Chicago with you now, my friend," Raci said. "To hold a stage for two hours, and hold an audience of 100, is a feat that is well worth applauding, and that's what I've done with Troy."
Since his Oscar season, Paul has done movies with J. Lo, Nic Cage - and Bill Murray's next.
"Who knows what's gonna happen," Raci mused. "How do you know if you're in a piece of doo doo until it comes out? I don't know, but I feel good about them all. It's booming, man!"
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