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Unkrich, who is originally from Chagrin Falls, won the coveted trophy in the "Best Animated Feature" category for his work on Disney's Coco. Marginalized people deserve to feel like they belong. The president also claimed that Judge Gonzalo Curiel― an American born to Mexican immigrant parents― wouldn't able to rule fairly in a case involving his controversial border wall (Curiel actually sided with Trump.) Remarks like these gave the film a new urgency, Unkrich said.

"We started making "Coco" six years ago and it was a very different political climate, of course, than we find ourselves in now", he said.


This was the second Oscar for director Lee Unkrich, who won his first Oscar for "Toy Story 3".

"It takes an awareness of the fact that you know strong storytellers come from all sorts of places". For the Oscar, it beat out "Loving Vincent", "The Breadwinner", "Ferdinand", and "Boss Baby". "Coco" dominated the award season in the animation category as it fetched all the major awards, including a Golden Globe and BAFTA, making it a sure shot victor in the category at the Oscars.


It also was a box-office smash, experiencing the fourth best Thanksgiving weekend ever with an estimated $72.9 million. Miguel travels to the Land of the Dead and seeks out the mystery at the heart of his family, all so that he might follow his own dream of becoming a musician.

The Pixar-animated film has an all-Latino cast and integrates in its colourful world themes, the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Coco features voice acting from Mozart in the Jungle star Gael García Bernal and Anthony Gonzalez, the young actor who plays Miguel.


Pixar's Coco took home the Best Animated Feature award at tonight's Oscars ceremony.

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