A lot of the 2018 Academy Award races have been hotly contested, but Best Animated Feature hasn’t been high on the debate list.
As expected, Pixar Animation Studios’ Coco won the category, beating out the animated Vincent van Gogh biographical drama Loving Vincent, the passionate drama The Breadwinner, the gentle bull kids’ comedy Ferdinand, and the scheming baby comedy Boss Baby.
Coco is Pixar’s 19th feature film, and the second film it released in 2017, after the tepidly received Cars 3, which didn’t earn a nomination. The win makes director Lee Unkrich only the fourth person to win twice in the Best Animated Feature category since its creation in 2002. All three of the previous two-time winners are also Pixar directors: Andrew Stanton (for Finding Nemo and WALL-E), Brad Bird (for The Incredibles and Ratatouille), and Pete Docter (for Up and Inside Out).
Much like in his BAFTA awards speech, after Coco won the Best Animated Feature award for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Unkrich specifically cited his wish to help contribute to a world where children of all races can see believable versions of themselves on-screen. “Representation matters,” he said, before ceding the microphone to Coco voice star Anthony Gonzalez, who gave his own quick acceptance speech in Spanish.