Disney animation continues its streak of Oscar domination: Zootopia, co-directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore, scooped up Best Animated Film from the Academy on Sunday. Producer Clark Spencer shared in the win.
Howard was the first to speak while accepting the award: “About five years ago — almost six now, oh my god — we got this crazy idea to talk about humanity with talking animals in the hopes that when the film came out, it would make the world just a slightly better place.”
“And we are so grateful to the audiences all over the world who embraced this film with this story of tolerance being more powerful than fear of the other,” Moore added.
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Last year, Disney’s Pixar won Best Animated Film for Inside Out. Before that, it was Walt Disney Animation’s Big Hero 6 in 2015, Frozen in 2014, and Pixar’s Brave in 2013. This year, Disney had two nominees in the category — Zootopia and Moana — alongside fellow contenders Kubo and the Two Strings, The Red Turtle, and My Life as a Zucchini.
Zootopia, which also won Best Animated Feature at the Golden Globes, told of a cop rabbit and a sly fox uncovering a conspiracy within a society of anthropomorphic animals. Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman led an immense voice cast that included Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Octavia Spencer, Shakira, and Jenny Slate.