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Best Picture Winner CODA Shot On Venice

On Sunday night, CODA (Children of Deaf Adults), made history by winning the Academy Award for Best Picture. Based on the 2014 French film, La Famille Bélier, CODA was written and directed by Sian Heder and shot by cinematographer Paula Huidobro. Huidobro shot the film on the Sony VENICE in 6K with a 2:1 aspect ratio using ARRI Signature Prime lenses.

Best Picture Oscar winner CODA was written/directed by Sian Heder & shot by cinematographer Paula Huidobro. Huidobro shot the film on the Sony VENICE in 6K with a 2:1 aspect ratio using ARRI Signature Prime lenses.

In an interview with American Cinematographer, Huidobro explained, “I love the look of large format for all those wide shots in nature, the ocean, and the natural light. I think it’s a mixture of a movie about the landscape but it’s also about the family and their relationship. It was a choice that Sian and I talked about, and I feel it worked well.”

“This is why I continue to work with Paula, there’s an intimacy and a warmth to the way that she shoots,” Heder adds. “This is why I asked her to operate in that moment [referring to a specific scene], she just moved her body in to get this little smile off of Ruby. We had great operators but Paula has a sensitivity and a warmth to the way she operates. And I think its not just physical closeness, it’s the way she moves in the space with the actors. There’s these beautiful wide vistas but then there’s just an intimacy with the characters that’s very delicate.”

The win makes Apple the first streamer to win the Best Picture award, and wasn't the only first marked in this year's Academy Awards. Actor Troy Kotsur won Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in CODA, making him the first Deaf man to win an Academy Award for acting.

The Best Picture win was the third award of the evening for CODA, which also took home the awards for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor. Despite winning big, CODA was widely considered an underdog despite winning the top prize at the Producers Guild Awards; best adapted screenplay at the BAFTA Awards and Writers Guild of America Awards; and best ensemble at the SAG Awards.

See more at SonyCine.com.

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