CODA star Troy Kotsur dedicated his Oscar to "the Deaf community, the CODA community and the Disabled community", adding: "This is our moment" as he made history with his Best Supporting Actor win.

The actor is the first Deaf male performer to win an Oscar, taking the statuette for his role as the father of a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) in the film of the same name.

Kotsur appeared overwhelmed as he made his way to the stage accompanied by his interpreter, who has been a regular fixture throughout his awards season journey, where he has picked up a string of honours.

Watch some highlights from the Oscars 2022, including a clip of Kotsur's acceptance speech:

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Discussing his recent trip to the White House with the rest of the cast of CODA, he revealed he had wanted to teach US President Joe Biden "dirty sign language", a reference to a scene in the film. He said he was prevented by his co-star Marlee Matlin, who was the first Deaf performer to win an Oscar, Best Actress for Children of a Lesser God in 1987

He said: "I was planning on teaching them some dirty sign language but Marlee Matlin told me to behave myself, so don't worry Marlee I won't drop any f-bombs in my speech today."

He also praised the "wonderful Deaf theatre stages, where I was given the opportunity to develop my craft as an actor".

Troy Kotsur giving his Oscars speech

Addressing his director Sian Heder, he said: "You are our bridge and your name will forever be on that bridge Sian Heder bridge in Hollywood." Writer-director Heder won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar on the night.

Kotsur added: "My dad, he was the best signer in our family, but he was in a car accident and he became paralysed from the neck down and he was no longer able to sign.

"Dad, I learnt so much from you I'll always love you, you are my hero. Thank you to my biggest fans.

"I just want to say this is dedicated to the Deaf community, the CODA community and the Disabled community.

"This is our moment."

Source: Press Association