At the just concluded Golden Globe awards, Coco lapped up 2018’s Golden Globe for Best Animation Motion Picture award. The film was hailed as one of the most diverse films of 2017, thanks to its all-Latinx voice cast. The Pixar film won out over a number of other animated films that included Loving Vincent, The Boss Baby, Ferdinand and The Breadwinner.
Coco’s victory was a major win for the Latinx community, as it’s the first Pixar film to be centered on a Mexican cultural celebration.
It tells the story of an aspiring musician who has to face his family’s prejudices against music. On the Day of the Dead, he ventures into the Land of the Dead and encounters his ancestor, a legendary singer.
It may be remembered that it took as many as six years to produce Coco as members of the crew had to travel to Mexico for research in order to gain an authentic sense of the country’s music and culture.
In November, director Lee Unkrich had explained to the press how vital authenticity was to the creative team. “I felt an enormous responsibility on my shoulders to do it right,” he said, “to do everything I could to set us up for success, to surround ourselves with experts, to immerse ourselves in Mexican culture as much as we could,” he added.
The director thanked his cast and crew after he accepted the award but not before making a point of highlighting the vital importance of the culture that inspired the film.