Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

'Coco,' a 'love letter to Mexico,' wins best animated film Oscar

'Coco,' a 'love letter to Mexico,' wins best animated film Oscar

The victor of the best animated short Oscar was "Dear Basketball", a poem written by Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant after ending his 20-year career on the court in 2016.

"Coco", which won viewers' hearts with the story of a little boy chasing his dreams against the backdrop of Mexico's colorful Day of the Dead festival, took the Oscar for best animated film Sunday.

Co-director Adrian Molina said the film was particularly meaningful to him. "This is the future", said Anderson of Molina, who is of Mexican decent.

"It takes an awareness of the fact that you know strong storytellers come from all sorts of places". "It's something we are putting a lot of focus on and I'm thankful for the opportunity on this film". The song, which was written and composed by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (the same songwriters behind Frozen), was presented to the star-studded audience by the movie's lead, Bernal, and Miguel and LaFourcade who contributed to the soundtrack.

Coco beat out The Boss Baby, Ferdinand, Loving Vincent and The Breadwinner for the big win, and if Twitter is any indication, the people are in support. "Now I'm here, going there to sing the song and I hope for the best".

Read their full speeches. below. This is dedicated with enormous love to my big interwoven family, and most especially my wife, my rock, Kori Rae.

Lee Unkrich: We share this with our immensely talented cast and crew, as well as the executive teams at Disney and Pixar.

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. "Coco would not exist without your endlessly lovely culture and traditions".

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