“Coco” Wins Two Oscar Awards and Shows the Importance of Diversity on the Big Screen

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“Coco” a Pixar movie tells the tale of 12 year old Miguel, his biggest dream is to be a famous singer while his family despises music because of dreadful family history. Miguel learns about his late family while going to the underworld during the Day of the Dead. The movie teaches about the acceptance of family and pays tribute to Mexican music and it’s vibrant culture.  

“Coco” won best animated film out of 11 other nominees and took home best song for “Remember me” at the 90th Oscars, last Sunday.

This Pixar film has been one of the only movies to have an almost entire Latino cast and the cast advocating for more representation of marginalized groups on the big screen and in media.

“With ‘Coco,’ we tried to take a step forward toward a world where all children can grow up seeing characters in movies that look and talk and live like they do, Marginalized people deserve to feel like they belong. Representation matters,” said Director Lee Unkrich during his powerful acceptance speech.

Many of the cast members including Unkrich believed that their jobs were even more important when President Donald Trump took office.

Animators and directors started working on the movie six years ago, and co-director, Adrian Molina felt like they were in very different political climate at the start. Everything shifted when Trump took office and made unacceptable comments about Mexicans and Mexican-Americans; a new kind of urgency was created for the cast to produce the movie and get it out in the world.

“Coco” not only brought home two awards from the Oscars but won a staggering eleven wins from the Annie Awards and was a box-office hit with making 72.9 million dollars during Thanksgiving weekend.

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