Apple Lands First ‘Best Picture’ Oscar Nomination with ‘CODA’ and More

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced nominees for the 94th Annual Academy Awards, which included a ‘Best Picture’ nomination for Apple TV+’s CODA as well as five others for original films streaming on the platform.

“Apple Original Films’ “CODA” becomes the first motion picture starring a predominantly Deaf cast in leading roles to receive a Best Picture nomination,” said Apple.

Apple received a total of six Oscar nominations for the 94th Annual Academy Awards:
  • Best PictureCODA
  • Best Actor – Denzel Washington in The Tragedy of Macbeth
  • Best Supporting Actor – Troy Kotsur in CODA
  • Best Adapted Screenplay – Siân Heder for CODA
  • Best Cinematography – Bruno Delbonnel for The Tragedy of Macbeth
  • Best Production Design – Stefan Dechant for The Tragedy of Macbeth

The Best Actor nomination for The Tragedy of Macbeth puts Denzel Washington ahead of his own record with 10 total Oscar nominations, making him one of the most nominated actors ever and the most nominated Black man in the history of the Academy.

Apple has been eyeing prestigious awards like Oscars for its original content since before Apple TV+ even launched, and being nominated for six of them puts Cupertino ever so closer to achieving that goal.

“Everyone at Apple thanks the Academy and congratulates all of our exceptional filmmakers and actors on their well deserved nominations,” said Zack Van Amburg, one of two heads of Worldwide Video at Apple. “We are humbled by reaching this milestone of receiving a Best Picture nomination for ‘CODA,’ a groundbreaking motion picture that uplifts, entertains and transforms.”

“We truly appreciate the Academy’s recognition of these special films and extraordinary performances,” said Jamie Erlicht, Apple’s other head of Worldwide Video. “After watching audiences connect with these undeniably deserving films all over the world, it is rewarding to now see this diverse selection of Apple Original Films being honored at the highest level.”

Winners for the 94th Annual Academy Awards are set to be revealed on March 27, 2022, in Los Angeles, CA.

“Since the debut of Apple TV+ just over two years ago, Apple’s series and films have earned 202 wins and 929 nominations,” including recent recognition from the SAG Awards, Critics Choice Awards, now the Academy Awards, and more, said Apple.