Coco was one of the most beloved films of 2017, and it now has the Oscars to prove it. The Pixar hit took home two Academy Awards last night: Best Animated Feature and Best Song (for “Remember Me”).
The win for Best Animated Feature was expected, as Coco was easily the most acclaimed animated film of the year. It entered the night as the clear favorite to top Boss Baby and the rest of the field, and the award marked Pixar’s ninth win for Best Animated Feature since the category was introduced in 2002. Representing the film on stage, producers Darla K. Anderson, Adrian Molina, and Lee Unkrich delivered some of the evening’s most poignant speeches, expressing love for their families, filmmaking, and, of course, Mexico. Anderson also spoke about the power of art and how it has the unique ability to unite people from all different walks of life.
“We’re so happy,” Anderson said in her speech. “Coco is proof that art can change and connect the world. And this can only be done when we have a place for everyone and anyone who feels like an ‘other’ to be heard.”
The win for Best Song, meanwhile, was a bit more of a surprise. While Coco‘s “Remember Me” was by no means an underdog, the category was loaded (including songs from Sufjan Stevens and Mary J. Blige) and had no real frontrunner heading into the ceremony. Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who co-wrote the tune, accepted the award and delivered rousing speeches about the importance of diversity and representation in movies and music. It was the second nomination and win for the husband and wife duo, who won Best Original Song back in 2014 for Frozen’s “Let It Go.”