Rachel Shenton Uses Sign Language In Her Acceptance Speech at Oscars 2018

A film The Silent Child won at this year’s Oscars an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. The movie is a story about little Libby, played by Maisie Sly, who is a deaf child in a hearing family having communication problems and struggles dealing with her condition.

The film is written by and starring former Hollyoaks star, Rachel Shenton, who found the inspiration in her father that went deaf due to chemotherapy and directed by her fiancé Chris Overton.

Rachel made her heartwarming acceptance speech at the podium in British Sign Language because of the promise she gave to the little protagonist, Maisie.

‘Oh God, hello! I made a promise to our six-year-old lead actress that I’d sign this speech and my hands are shaking a bit so I apologize. Thank you. Our movie is about a deaf child being born into a world of silence. It’s not exaggerated or sensationalized for the movie. This is happening. Millions of children all over the world live in silence and face communication barriers and particularly access to education. So, deafness is a silent disability. You can’t see it and it’s not life-threatening, so, I want to say, the biggest of thank yous to the academy for allowing us to put this in front of a mainstream audience,’ she said.


Rachel, Maise, and Chris grabbed the attention at Oscars looking fabulous. Maise didn’t go at the podium, she sat in the audience with her mother. “She held the Oscar, she said it was very heavy, she had her photograph taken with it and then said she wanted to go back and see her brothers and sisters, so she’s keeping it real,” Shenton explained.

Rachel Shenton, Maisie Sly and Chris Overton