Inside Out’s Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature at the 88th Annual Academy Awards. It was Docter’s eighth nomination and second win, and Rivera’s second nomination and first win.
PETE DOCTER: “We are so lucky. Not just us, but everyone in this room, because, regardless of a gold man or not, we get to make stuff.”
JONAS RIVERA: “Right, we do. And on this film, every single storyboard, every single frame, cut, line of dialogue, every single pixel, was done by the amazing artists we work with at Pixar, led by John Lasseter. They should be up here with us tonight. We love them. Along with our amazing cast—best cast ever assembled, animated or otherwise—we love you.”
DOCTER: “This film was really born from watching our kids grow up, which is not easy. Anyone out there who’s in junior high, high school, working it out, suffering. There are days you’re gonna feel sad, you’re gonna feel angry, you’re gonna be scared. That’s nothing you can choose, but you can make stuff. Make films. Draw. Write. It’ll make a world of difference.”
Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett won the Visual Effects prize for Ex Machina. It was the first nomination and win for them all. Cartoon Brew notes that Bennett’s win was the first by a woman in the category in the 86 years it has been on the ballot.
ANDREW Whitehurst: “I’m really bad at predicting this, apparently. This is so utterly unexpected. Visual effects is massively a team game, more so maybe than any other department. And we have to thank people in two directions: we’ve got to thank the studio, we’ve got to thank the production. We’ve got to thank Alex for being an amazing director. We have to thank Alicia for being Ava. And we have to thank the teams of artists, production and technical personnel at Double Negative, Milk VFX, and Utopia, who are amazing. Without them we are nothing. Thank you so, so much.”
Gabriel Osorio and Pato Escala took home the Oscar for Best Animated Short for Bear Story. It was the first nomination and win for them both. Cartoon Brew adds it was the first Oscar for a Chilean film and the first time a Latin American film has won the category.
GABRIEL OSORIO: “We are really happy right now. We want to thank the Academy, our families and everyone in Chile that have supported us and trust in our work. Personally I want to dedicate this achievement to my grandfather, who is the one who inspire this story and to all the people like him who have suffered in exile. We really hope that this must never happen again. Thanks.”
PATO ESCALA: “Thank you all. We are from a small country called Chile. This is the first Oscar for our country, so this is very important for us. Thank you all. Un gran aplauso para todos. Viva Chile!”