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The Academy’s YouTube Channel to Feature Free Live ASL Interpretation of the Telecast

When the 94th Academy Awards are held on Sunday, viewers on the Academy’s YouTube channel will finally have the option to have American Sign Language interpretation. Now, this may be in part due to the success of, and Oscar nominations for, CODA, but it’s also a welcome step forward in terms of accessibility for the Academy. Having an ASL option just makes sense, especially here in 2022. It’s about time.

From The Hollywood Reporter‘s piece, which also features an interview with VP of Impact and Operations for The Academy, Jeanell English:

When the 2022 Oscars are telecast on ABC Sunday night from Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre, Deaf and hard of hearing viewers will have access to a live stream of American Sign Language interpretation, a first in the show’s 94-year history.

Featuring certified deaf interpreters, the stream will be available on the Academy’s YouTube Channel, free to access on viewers’ personal devices including their phone, tablet or computer, where the stream will operate as a second screen. Additionally, the ASL feed will be directly accessible to viewers streaming the full show at

Source: THR


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Written by Steven Prusakowski

Steven Prusakowski has been a cinephile as far back as he can remember, literally. At the age of ten, while other kids his age were sleeping, he was up into the late hours of the night watching the Oscars. Since then, his passion for film, television, and awards has only grown. For over a decade he has reviewed and written about entertainment through publications including Awards Circuit and Screen Radar. He has conducted interviews with some of the best in the business - learning more about them, their projects and their crafts. He is a graduate of the RIT film program. You can find him on Twitter and Letterboxd as @FilmSnork – we don’t know why the name, but he seems to be sticking to it.

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