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Arizona's Troy Kotsur becomes second deaf actor to be nominated for Academy Award

Troy Kotsur attends the <em>CODA</em> Los Angeles photo call on July 30, 2021 in West Hollywood, Calif.
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Troy Kotsur attends the CODA Los Angeles photo call on July 30, 2021 in West Hollywood, Calif.

Arizona-born actor Troy Kotsur has just become the second actor who’s deaf to be nominated for an Academy Award.

His performance in the best-picture nominee CODA has elevated the 53-year-old Kotsur to Hollywood’s biggest stages while making history for the deaf community.

He’s the first deaf actor ever nominated individually for a Screen Actors Guild award.

Accepting the Gotham award for best supporting performance, he told the crowd that he wasn’t speechless but “absolutely handless right now.”

In an interview, Kotsur says he hopes all the acclaim for him will inspire deaf kids “not to feel limited.”

Kotsur is from Mesa, Arizona and attended Phoenix Day School for the Deaf.

Actor Marlee Matlin made history in 1987 when she was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in Children of a Lesser God.