Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” which was co-directed by a CalArts alumnus, took home Oscar gold at the 2017 Academy Awards on Sunday night.
The film, co-directed by 1987 CalArts graduate Rich Moore, won the Best Animated Feature Film award, going against films like “Kubo and the Two Strings” and fellow Disney Animation produced “Moana,” was accepted by Rich Moore, his co-director Byron Howard, and the film’s producer Clark Spencer. This was the first Oscar win for each.
The film was the front-runner in the Best Animated Feature category going into Oscar night, winning multiple awards throughout the 2017 awards season, including Best Animated Feature at the 2017 Annie Awards, the top prize in the animation field.
Following the Academy Award show’s broadcast, Moore tweeted “Let this be a lesson to all of you– THIS is what happens if [you] daydream, doodle in textbooks, and chase crazy dreams. @Oscars2017_Live #Oscars,” with a picture of his statue.
Watch the presentation of the Best Animated Feature Film [here].