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Awards Round Up: 'Coco' Takes Two Oscars, 'Big Bad Fox' Wins A Cesar and More

This past weekend saw what can be seen as the ultimate climax of the annual awards circuit, at least as far as film is concerned. While there are now many awards ceremonies throughout the year, none are as high profile as The Oscars.

It was hard not to go into this year's Academy Awards ceremony without feeling that this year's winner- as far as Best Animated Feature was concerned at least- was something of a foregone conclusion. Not only had Coco already won virtually every award it was eligible for (including a sweep at the Annies), but The Academy has a distinct tendency to pick Pixar (Or Disney) over and above any other animation studio. While it would be nice to think The Breadwinner or Loving Vincent had a real chance, the reality was that Coco was the heavy favourite.  It was therefore not really a surprise to anybody that Coco took home the prize.

That wasn't the whole story, however, as the Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina's film also won for Best Original Song for Remember Me. In the Best Animated Short category, the winner was Glen Keane for Dear Basketball.

Earlier in the weekend and across the pond, France's Cesar awards also took place. Benjamin Renner and Patrick Imbert's The Big Bad Fox And Other Tales won the Cesar for Best Animated Film, beating competition from Sahara and Zombillenium. In the Animated Short category, the winner was Pepe Le Morse (Grandpa Walrus).

Last and most definitely least, the Golden Raspberries (Razzies) were also handed out last weekend. The mean-spirited awards for the"worst" in film would not normally even merit a mention but this year an animated film was the big "loser". The film in question was of course, The Emoji Movie, which "won" for Worst Film, Worst Screenplay, Worst Director and Worst Screen Combo. The film has the rather dubious honour of being the first animated film to have won the top prize.

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