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CalArts grads Adrian Molina and Glen Keane picked up Oscars for “Best Animated Feature” and “Best Animated Short,” respectively, for “Coco” and “Dear Basketball” in the 90th annual Academy Awards ceremony telecast from Hollywood Sunday night on ABC.

Disney/Pixar’s “Coco” also won the “Best Original Song” Oscar for “Remember Me,” music and lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

Molina, who earned a Film/Video BFA from CalArts in 2007, co-wrote and co-directed “Coco” with Lee Unkrich. Darla K. Anderson was the movie’s producer. All three were awarded Oscars.

The Día de los Muertos-themed film about a young, aspiring musician who explores his family’s history and Mexican heritage has been a worldwide box office hit, earning more than $600 million to date.

This was the first Oscar win and second nomination for Anderson, the second win and third nomination for Unkrich (he also won for “Toy Story 3”), and the first win and nomination for Molina.

Adrian Molina, Darla K. Anderson and Lee Unkrich accept their Oscars for "Coco," the "Best Animated Feature" in the 90th Academy Awards on March 4, 2018. Photo: ABC.

Adrian Molina, Darla K. Anderson and Lee Unkrich accept their Oscars for “Coco,” the “Best Animated Feature” in the 90th Academy Awards on March 4, 2018. Photo: ABC.

“Love and thanks to my family, my Latino community, to my husband, Ryan (Dooley) for expanding my sense of what it means to be proud about who you are and where you’re from,” Molina said in his acceptance speech. “We hope the same thing for everyone who connected with this film.”

“Thank you to the Academy. We’re so happy!” Anderson said. “‘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. This is dedicated with enormous love to my gigantic interwoven family, and most especially, my wife, my rock, Cori Rae.”

“We share this with our incredible cast and crew as well as the executive teams at Disney and Pixar,” Unkrich said. “Thanks for the support of my wife Laura, our three kids Hannah, Alice and Max. My entire family, I love you.

“The biggest thank-you of all to the people of Mexico, ‘Coco’ would not exist without your endlessly beautiful culture and traditions,” he said. “With ‘Coco’ we tried to take a step toward a world where all children can grow up seeing characters in movies that look and talk and live like they do. Marginalized people deserve to feel like they belong. Representation matters.”

“Coco” and Molina also won this year’s Golden Globe for “Best Animated Feature.” The production won a BAFTA Award, a Critic’s Choice Movie Award, and the Annie Award for “Best Animated Film” as well.

“Coco” bested another Oscar-nominated film in the same category created by CalArtians – DreamWorks Animation’s “The Boss Baby,” directed Tom McGrath (Film/Video BFA, 1990) and produced by Ramsey Naito (Art MFA, 1995).

Glen Keane (Film/Video, 1974) won the “Best Animated Short Film” Oscar for “Dear Basketball,” featuring L.A. Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. It was the first Oscar nomination and win for both, and Bryant’s win was the first-ever Oscar for an NBA player.

Bryant announced his intent to retire from basketball on Nov. 29, 2015, by writing a loving poem to the game on The Players’ Tribune.

Directed by Keane, scored by John Williams and voiced by Bryant, “Dear Basketball,” is an animated telling of Bryant’s poem. It also won the 2018 Annie Award for “Best Animated Short Subject.”

“Thank you Academy, thank you, Gennie Rim, Max Keane, our entire crew for your incredible talents, to my wife, Linda, for her years of love and support, and to Kobe for writing ‘Dear Basketball,'” Keane said. “It’s a message for all of us: Whatever form your dream may take, it’s through passion and perseverance that the impossible is possible.”

“Well, I don’t know if it’s possible, but as basketball players, we are really supposed to shut up and dribble, but I’m glad we did a little bit more than that,” Bryant said. “Thank you, Academy for this amazing honor. Thank you, John Williams, for such a wonderful piece of music. Thank you, Verizon, for believing in the film. Thank you, Molly Carter; without you, we wouldn’t be here. To my wife, Vanessa, our daughters Natalia, Gianna and Bianca…you are my inspiration. Thank you so much.”

Dear Basketball CalArts Oscar nominated short animated film

The 90th Academy Awards were presented at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, with Jimmy Kimmel serving as emcee, and broadcast worldwide by ABC.

See the complete list of winners here.

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