At a pugnacious Oscars, Apple’s feel-good ‘CODA’ triumphs

  • The cast and crew of “CODA” accept the award for best picture at the Oscars on Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

LOS ANGELES — After a movie year often light on crowds, the Academy Awards named an unabashed crowd-pleaser, the deaf family drama “CODA,” best picture Sunday, handing Hollywood’s top award to a streaming service for the first time in a ceremony that saw the greatest drama when Will Smith strode onstage and slapped Chris Rock.