The Academy of Motion Pictures, in its 94 years has given only two awards to actors who are deaf or have a disability. Additionally, in the 68 years since 1952, when the first able-bodied actor was nominated for playing a blind character, 59 able-bodied actors were nominated for acting in a role where they are deaf or have a disability. Of these, nearly half, 27 have won for those roles.
Why has the Academy rewarded the imitation of disability while excluding deaf actors and actors with disabilities? The Academy must stop recognizing and rewarding movies that cast able-bodied actors to take on deaf and disability roles.
– American Sign Language (ASL) Translation [https://youtu.be/_q9GvLGvqQY] of the Letter to the Academy [www.nad.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Letter-to-Academy-of-Motion-Pictures-re-Disability-Casting_20210224.pdf]
– The Academy’s new standards, Representation and Inclusion, for Oscars Best Picture eligibility [www.oscars.org/news/academy-establishes-representation-and-inclusion-standards-oscarsr-eligibility]
– Deaf Actors Cast in Movies [www.nad.org/movies-with-deaf-actors]
– Hearing Actors Who Stole Deaf Roles [www.nad.org/hearing-actors-who-have-stolen-deaf-roles]
– Deaf Created Movies [www.nad.org/deaf-created-movies]
Original PR: www.nad.org/2021/02/28/nad-asks-academy-to-stop-rewarding-miscasting