Disney and Pixar’s animated feature Soul has won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature. The movie, released on Christmas Day 2020, The film was directed by Pete Docter, co-directed/written Kemp Powers, and produced by Dana Murray. It tells the story of Joe Gardner, a a music teacher pursuing the dream of being a professional jazz musician. Just as he appears to achieve this dream, his world is thrown upside down when he finds himself in The Great Before!
During their acceptance speech, director Pete Docter and producer Dana Murray made a point of praising teachers.
“You make the world a better place,” Docter said. “My wish for all of us tonight is that we could follow the example of jazz musicians — that wherever we are, whatever we have, we turn it into something beautiful.”
Soul stars Jamie Foxx as Joe Gardner and Tina Fey, Phylicia Rashad, Questlove, Angela Bassett and Daveed Diggs,. It features original jazz music by Jon Batiste, along with a score that was composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
Soul was the first Pixar film to be released directly into homes and not into theaters. This was due to last year’s pandemic. It has been sweeping the awards circuit this year and already had won Best Animated Feature elsewhere including Golden Globes, BAFTA, the AFI, the Art Directors Guild, Black Film Critics Circle, the National Board of Review, and the ANNIEs.
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