The 89th annual Academy Awards also known as the Oscars has concluded and Disney went away with a few winners.
ESPN won in the Documentary Feature category for “O.J. Simpson: Made in America.” On ESPN it was a five part miniseries, but was adapted as a feature length documentary that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2016.
The Jungle Book helmed by Jon Favreau took home Best Visual Effects. It certainly is impressive in this realm for realistic computer generated animals that are next to a real human.
Disney-Pixar’s Piper won Best Animated Short. This makes it the third short film to win an Oscar for Pixar. Alan Barillaro and Mark Sondheimer who accepted the award told kids to not be afraid of anything in their acceptance speech.
In the Best Animated Feature Film category, Disney had two submissions: Zootopia and Moana. Out of the two, Zootopia went away with the Academy Award. The film had already won a Golden Globe Award. Having two strong contenders to possibly win made this tough to predict which film would win.
In addition to these winners there were more Disney films that were nominated. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Doctor Strange were nominated for Best Visual Effects. Rogue One was also nominated for Best Sound Mixing. “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana and by Lin-Manuel Miranda was nominated for Original Song.
It was a good awards night for Disney taking home a total of 4 Oscars. Their presence was known in each category nominated. Next year could be just as promising or better with the slate of films on the horizon from the studios. Even ESPN receiving an award means there is a wide variety within the company right now, and there is much potential in time for the next Academy Awards.