PHILADELPHIA – “CODA” is an acronym for Children of Deaf Adults. It could also be synonymous with quality cinema, as the film won numerous awards in the International Association of Catholic Film Critics’ awards competition.
“CODA,” in which a teenage girl, both of whose parents are deaf, weighs the choice between staying home to continue helping her parents or leaving home to pursue opportunities, won Best Picture. He also won Best Screenplay, written by Sian Heder, and Best Supporting Actor in Troy Kotsur.
The winners were announced on March 1.
“Belfast”, Kenneth Branagh’s portrayal of a young boy growing up in Northern Ireland’s capital, also won three awards. It led the films in nominations with its seven, while “CODA” received six nominations.
‘Belfast’ won the organization’s Human and Gospel Values Award, which is given to the film that best reflects human and gospel values as determined by association members.
Other accolades for “Belfast” went to Kenneth Branagh for Best Director and Caitriona Balfe for Best Supporting Actress, tied with Ann O’Dowd of “Mass.”
Andrew Garfield won the Association Award for Best Actor for his role in “Tick, Tick…Boom!” Jennifer Hudson won Best Actress for her portrayal of singer Aretha Franklin in the biopic “Respect.”
Bruno Delbonnel was honored for best cinematography with “The Tragedy of Macbeth”. Kris Bowers won Best Original Score with “Respect.”
There was a tie for best documentary: “Summer of Soul,” which highlighted performances by top artists playing at a summer music festival in New York’s Harlem neighborhood, and “The House That Rob Built”, a Family Theater Productions profile of Robin Selvig, who took charge of the University of Montana women’s basketball team in the early 1970s and developed a powerful program using local talent .
The winners were chosen by instant voting, in which the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated from the ballot until one participant obtains a majority of the votes. Even so, this year’s voting resulted in two ties, for Best Documentary and Best Supporting Actress.
The honor for outstanding reviews among members of the association went to Father Peter Malone of Australia, member of the Order of Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and former president of Signis. John Mulderig, the Catholic News Service’s associate director for media reviews, was a candidate, as was Joseph McAleer, a CNS freelance film critic.
A separate award for outstanding reviews among non-members went to Peter Bradshaw of The Guardiana British newspaper.