The Walt Disney Company has a long history when it comes to the Academy Awards. Last night the 89th Academy Awards took place in Hollywood, California and the Walt Disney Company took home four Oscars.
In the Animated Feature category the Walt Disney Animation Studios had two movies competing against each other, Zootopia and Moana. Zootopia was chosen as the best and awarded the Oscar. “Five years ago, we got this crazy idea of talking about humanity with talking animals in the hopes that when the film came out, it would make the world just a slightly better place,” Zootopia co-director Byron Howard said in accepting the film’s Oscar. Also on stage to accept the award was co-director Rich Moore and Clark Spencer.
The Disney-Pixar short, Piper which was released alongside Disney-Pixar’s Finding Dory took home the Oscar for the Best Animated Short Film.The short was written and directed by Alan Barillaro.
In the Best Visual Effects category The Jungle Book was competing with familiar movies Rougue One: A Star Wars Story and Doctor Strange. With its realistic animals and environments The Jungle Book team of Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones, and Dan Lemmon took home the Oscar.
Best Documentary was awarded to ESPN for their multi-part series, O.J.: Made in America. It was produced and directed by Ezra Edelman for ESPN Films as a 30 for 30 series which was turned into a five-part miniseries.
My only disappointment was “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana losing out to “City of Stars” from La La Land for Best Original Song.