What It's About: A hearing teenage girl in an all-deaf family is torn between following her passion for music, which her family doesn't understand, and helping them keep their struggling fishing business afloat as their translator and connection to the outside world.
Why It Has Buzz: After earning rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival last winter, it was acquired by Apple in a festival record-breaking deal for $25M, and achieved a 96% Rotten Tomatoes score at its release. It's an easy, feel-good film with great performances, an interesting story, and a massive corporation backing it. It's also the frontrunner heading into the fall festivals.
Potential Noms: If the tiny film continues to build steam, it could snag a Best Picture nomination. Others that look likely are Best Supporting Actress for previous winner Marlee Matlin, Best Supporting Actor for Troy Kotsur, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Sound of Metal, another hearing-focused film, was the late dark horse of last year's Oscars, taking home trophies for Film Editing and Sound, so while Coda is less impressive on those fronts, it could also break through.
Where to Stream: Watch it on Apple TV+.