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Pinocchio, The Boy The Mole The Fox And The Horse Win Oscars


This year's awards season has reached its traditional climax with the holding of the 95th Acadamy Awards. The Oscars are not the only game in town but arguably they remain the most prestigious.

Going in to the Best Animated Feature at this year's ceremony the momentum was very much with one film. It has been clearing up at every other award show on the circuit.

That film is of course Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio and it's no surprise to say that it won. It became only the second stop-motion film to win in the category and the first win for Netflix. Del Toro is the first person who has won both Best Picture (for The Shape Of Water) and Best Animated Feature. It was also the first winner to be partly made in Mexico. The film is the seventh winner of the award not to be made by Disney or Pixar.

The film overcame some impressive competition, winning over Turning Red, Puss In Boots: The Last Wish, Marcel the Shell With Shoes On and The Sea Beast.

Del Toro once again used his speech to say "animation is cinema, animation is not a genre, keep animation in the conversation"

In a recorded press room Q&A after the win, del Toro reiterated his love for animation and his desire to push the medium forward. He particularly hopes for stop-motion to flourish in Mexico and Latin America, stating that it is the most democratic form of animation.

The Best Animated Short went to the BBC and Apple co-production The Boy The Mole The Fox and The Horse. Based on the best-selling book of the same name, the film added to its wins from other organisations such as BAFTA and The Annie Awards.

The short beat out completion from  The Flying Sailor, Ice Merchants, My Year Of Dicks and An Ostrich Told Me The The World Is Fake and I Think I Believe It.

Avatar: The Way Of Water was awarded Best Visual Effects. It beat  All Quiet On The Western Front, Top Gun Maverick, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and The Batman.

Congratulations to all the winners!