While only a movie for many, and now an Oscar-winning one at that, the animated Pixar movie “Coco” was so much more for some filmgoers.
And the film, which shows the importance of family and the history that surrounds us, is shining a spotlight on a community, or a culture, that that rarely gets put on the big screen.
“Coco” follows the story of Miguel as he travels through the land of the dead during the celebration Dia de los Muertos. Miguel believes he’s the grandson of the famous singer Ernesto de la Cruz, but in reality, he’s related to the soon-to-be-forgotten Hector.
During Sunday’s Oscars, the film not only won for best animated feature film, it also took home the statue for the theme song “Remember Me,” The Associated Press reported.
The actor who voiced Miguel, Anthony Gonzalez, accepted the best feature film award speaking to Latino-American viewers, “Muchisimas gracias a todos y que viva Mexico!” or in English “Many thanks to everyone and long live Mexico!”
Viewers who fell in love with the movie, went to Twitter during the broadcast to cheer on and thank the filmmakers, KSAT reported.
Meanwhile, the writer of the song “Remember Me” has made entertainment history. Robert Lopez, who wrote the song with his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez became the first double EGOT winner in history, CNBC reported. He has won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards not once, twice. Only 12 entertainers have ever won all four awards one time in their careers, Whoopi Goldberg, Mel Brooks and Rita Moreno. Lopez is the only person to repeat the feat. He was also the youngest when he scored the Oscar for “Let it Go” from “Frozen” in 2014, CNBC reported.
He won his Tony awards for “The Book of Mormon” and “Avenue Q,” Grammys for “Book of Mormon” and “Frozen” and Daytime Emmy awards for “Wonder Pets,” Entertainment Weekly reported.