Kotsur, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the SAG Awards Wednesday morning, became the first deaf actor to score an individual SAG nomination, voted on by fellow actors. He and the rest of the film’s performers, several of whom are deaf, also received an outstanding cast nomination.
In a statement to DailyExpertNews, Kotsur said the SAG nomination “humiliated” him.
“Hopefully the recognition this wonderful film gets can be a reminder of how funny, complex and powerful deaf voices can be, and that stories featuring actors who happen to be deaf can be mainstream stories,” Kotsur said in the statement. .
Kotsur plays Frank Rossi, the father of teenage protagonist Ruby (Emilia Jones). Frank is deaf, as are his wife Jackie (Oscar winner Marlee Matlin) and their son (Daniel Durant) — Ruby is the only hearing member of their family. Though the film depicts Frank’s challenges in communicating with the other members of his small-town Massachusetts fishing community, he’s never played a victim or pitiful character—rather, he’s a self-sufficient worker who relies far less on his hearing daughter than he does. she thinks.