Published: Tue, March 06, 2018

Oscars: 'Coco' Wins Best Animated Feature

Oscars: 'Coco' Wins Best Animated Feature

During his acceptance speech, Unkrich said one goal of the film is to make a positive message about the beauty of Mexico and its people.

While accepting the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film, "Coco" director Lee Unkrich honored the culture that inspired the acclaimed film and sounded off on the importance of diversity in media. Marginalized people deserve to feel like they belong. The film has proved a massive hit with audiences and critics, bringing in more than $730m worldwide, making it the second-highest-grossing animated feature of 2017, after Despicable Me 3. "We wanted to give Mexican and Mexican American kids something to look up to", Unkrich said. The Pixar film was up against two well-received, 2-D animated small studio films - Loving Vincent and The Breadwinner - and two panned, big budget CGI family films - Ferdinand and The Boss Baby. Producer Darla K. Anderson received her first Oscar, as the animated feature category didn't include producers when it won the Academy Award in 2011.

"Coco" tells the story of 12-year-old Miguel, whose dream of becoming a musician clashes with a family prohibition going back generations.

Inadvertently, he ends up in the Land of the Dead, on a journey that takes him on a vivid tour of his family's past and, in the process, Mexican history and culture.

The film's vocal cast includes Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Edward James Olmos, Renee Victor and Cheech Marin. Earlier in the evening, Bernal, Miguel and Natalia Lafourcade sang the nominated "Remember Me" as traditional Mexican dancers surrounded them. The movie which followed the adventure into the land of the dead was announced as the victor of Best Animated Feature at the awards-giving event.

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