Screen Actors Guild voters are proving that representation is important. 

All eyes were focused on the category Outstanding Performance of a Male Actor In a Supporting Role during the 2022 SAG Awards. With stars like Jared Leto, Bradley CooperAnd Ben AffleckIt’s clear to see why they were nominated.

The award went to However, on February 27, it was awarded to Troy KotsurFor his performance in CODA. This moment marked him as the first Deaf actor to receive an Individual SAG Awards Award win.

“Wow! Wow!” Troy, assisted by an interpreter, said it on the stage. “Thank you so much to all the members of SAG. Being a member makes me so proud. I’ve been a member since 2001, and so now I feel like I’m finally part of the family.”

After becoming a SAG actor, the actor remembered how he used to sleep in his car as well as in dressing rooms backstage. He’s now celebrating the successes of CODAThis is the shorthand for Child of Deaf Adults. Marlee Mattlin, Daniel DurantEmilia JonesAnd Amy Forsyth.