If you are watching the Oscars then you probably already know that one of our favorite animated films just won an Oscar. “Hair Love” Wins Oscar For Best Animated Short! Read below via EW.
“Hair Love was done because we wanted to see more representation in animation. We wanted to normalize black hair,” Cherry said in his acceptance speech. He also dedicated his award to Kobe Bryant, who died Jan. 26, saying, “May we all have a second act as great as his was.”
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#hairlove for the WIN!!!! Congrats to @matthewacherry and @dove and all those fighting for racial equity and beauty inclusivity by working to “normalize Black hair”. This is such an important moment for all of us in the trenches for the past 2 years to make #thecrownact a reality and fighting for it to be passed in all 50 states and at the federal level. #crowncoalition #oscars #realbeauty @wearejoycollective 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
The picture, from BlacKkKlansman executive producer and former NFL player Matthew A. Cherry, follows a father who attempts to master styling his daughter Zuri’s hair for the first time. It made waves when it broke Kickstarter’s record for short-film financing. In 2017, the project aimed to raise $75,000 to fund production but ended up bringing in more than $280,000. Hair Love was later turned into a bestselling children’s book, released in early 2019.
The film was beloved by fans on social media for telling at once a universal story about parental love and a tale specific to black experiences. It earned raves from celebrities like Jordan Peele, Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade, Issa Rae (who lent her voice to the film as Zuri’s mother), Yara Shahidi, and Gabourey Sidibe, who are among the short’s many, many producers. Hair Love made its North America theatrical debut on Aug. 14, playing ahead of The Angry Birds Movie 2.
“To see this project go from a Kickstarter campaign to the big screen is truly a dream come true,” Cherry said in an August press statement. “I couldn’t be more excited for Hair Love to be playing with The Angry Birds Movie 2 in front of a wide audience and for the world to see our touching story about a black father trying to figure out how to do his daughter’s hair for the very first time.”
Cherry directed the film alongside animators Everett Downing Jr. (Up, WALL-E) and Bruce W. Smith, who created the animated Disney Channel series The Proud Family; Peter Ramsey (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) and Frank Abney (Toy Story 4) served as executive producers.
Remember when Cherry said he would win an Oscar one day? Well looks like that day finally came! #nailedit
Nailed it https://t.co/roqq0ohAP4
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) February 10, 2020
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