Coco wins Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film

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The team behind "Coco", this year's Academy Award victor for best animated feature, used their acceptance speech as an opportunity to stand up for Mexico and Mexicans in the face of xenophobia. Marginalized people deserve to feel like they belong.

Adrian Molina, Coco's co-director, and Darla K. Anderson, Coco's producer thanked their same-sex spouses, as well as voicing their love for Mexico's "endlessly handsome culture and traditions". "While we were making the film, we had a change of presidency and a lot of things started to be said about Mexico and about Mexican-Americans that was unacceptable". His mother is from Jalisco, Mexico and his father is half-Mexican and grew up in California.

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Disney/Pixar's Coco took home the Academy Award for best animated feature, topping a field that including The Boss Baby, Ferdinand and indies Loving Vincent and The Breadwinner.

"Storytellers come from all places at Pixar", Molina said.

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Coco follows 12-year-old Miguel (newcomer Anthony Gonzalez), a young boy from a shoemaker's family who dreams of becoming a musician like his idol, the late Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), despite his family having banned music for generations. When Miguel disobeys his family, he magically winds up in the Land of the Dead, where he learns his family history and encounters his ancestors to find his way back to the land of the living.

Featuring an all-Latino cast, "Coco" has been described by Pixar filmmakers as a "love letter to Mexico". After that, Miguel and Mexican pop artist Natalia LaFourcade (both featured artist in the film's official soundtrack) took the stage to a burst of neon colored sets and Latin dancers, ready to lead the song to its triumphant conclusion. Coco was, however, her second Oscar nomination, as Toy Story 3 had also received a best picture nomination that year.

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