‘CODA’ featuring Duluth’s Daniel Durant wins Best Picture

Jessica Chastain wins Oscar for portraying International Falls’ Tammy Faye Bakker

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Duluth actor Daniel Durant, far right, along with Troy Kotsur, Emila Jones and Amy Forsyth pose on the red carpet Sunday during the Oscars arrivals at the 94th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. The four starred in "CODA," which won the Oscar for Best Picture.
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LOS ANGELES -- The heartwarming movie "CODA," about a deaf family with a hearing daughter, won the prestigious best picture prize at the Oscars on Sunday, the first time a streaming service took home the film industry's biggest prize. The film features actor Daniel Durant, who grew up in Duluth.

"CODA" was released by Apple TV+, which beat Netflix Inc's contender "The Power of the Dog" and other entries from traditional Hollywood studios.

"I really want to thank the academy for recognizing a movie of love and family at this difficult time that we need today," producer Patrick Wachsberger said in front of the film's cast as they stood on stage.

Durant plays Leo Rossi in the movie and Troy Kostur, who portrays Frank Rossi in the film, won for Best Supporting Actor, the first deaf man to win an Oscar.

In another Northland connection, Jessica Chastain won the Academy Award for best lead actress for her mascara-laden title role as the on-air preaching partner and wife of Christian televangelist Jim Bakker in "The Eyes of Tammy Faye," chronicling the couple's rise and fall. Tammy Faye Bakker was raised in International Falls.


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Best Actress nominee Jessica Chastain poses on the red carpet during the Oscars arrivals at the 94th Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles on Sunday. Chastain won the award for her role as Tammy Faye Bakker in the movie "The Eyes of Tammy Faye."
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The Oscar triumph for Chastain, 45, virtually unrecognizable in heavy makeup as Tammy Faye Bakker, followed a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance and capped the third Academy Award nomination of her career.

She was previously nominated for an Oscar for 2012 portrayal of a CIA analyst on the hunt of Osama Bin Laden in "Zero Dark Thirty" and her 2011 supporting role as a Southern socialite in the 1960s racial drama "The Help."

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