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Oscars: Pixar's 'Coco' Wins Best Animated Feature & We're So Proud!

Oscars: Pixar's 'Coco' Wins Best Animated Feature & We're So Proud!

There was little surprise in the "Best Animated Feature" category at the 90th Academy Awards, with Pixar picking up the gong for Coco. Pixar is headquartered in Emeryville and director Lee Unkrich lives in Marin County. "It's something we are putting a lot of focus on and I'm thankful for the opportunity on this film".

While, the film " s director dedicated the award to the people of Mexico and noted, "The biggest thank you of all [goes] to the people of Mexico.

Coco follows Miguel Rivera, a 12-year-old boy who wants to be a musician but whose family, thanks to Miguel's great-great-grandmother's failed marriage to one, has a strict ban on the pursuit.

"We began to feel a new urgency to get the movie out into the world", he said. His mother is from Jalisco, Mexico and his father is half-Mexican and grew up in California.

The film beat out fellow nominees The Boss Baby, The Breadwinner, Ferdinand, and Loving Vincent. "This is the future", said Anderson of Molina, who is of Mexican decent.

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It also was a box-office smash, experiencing the fourth best Thanksgiving weekend ever with an estimated $72.9 million. When Miguel goes to retrieve de la Cruz's guitar, he ends up transporting himself to the Land of the Dead, where he goes on an adventure to find out his real family history.

"Coco" also was praised for its music.

The film also earned a nomination for best original song for "Remember Me", by husband-and-wife duo Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez - performed on Sunday by actor Gael Garcia Bernal and singers Natalia LaFourcade and Miguel.

There was no mention in the acceptance speeches of Pixar co-founder John Lasseter, who is taking a "six-month sabbatical" after acknowledging "missteps" in his workplace behavior.

Pixar, which was bought by Disney in 2006, has now won 14 Oscars since its debut feature, 1995's "Toy Story", upended the genre with computer animation technology.