Oscars Crown “Hair Love” for Best Animated Short
The 2020 Oscars might have faced initial criticism for lack of diversity in their nomination list this year, but I’ll admit, some of last night’s results definitely made up for it.
“Hair Love” one of the many small projects that received rave reviews since its debut with Sony, happily accepted an Oscar for the Best Animated Short category during last night’s big event in Los Angeles. The animated short made it clear that it wanted to not only normalize black hair, but also celebrate father-daughter relationships that we often don’t see enough of.
“There were so many filmmakers who worked so hard on this, and it was a labor of love,” said Karen Rupert Toliver, who was overcome with gratitude during her acceptance speech. “And it was because we have a firm belief that representation matters deeply.”
Her producing partner, former NFL player Matthew A. Cherry, also mentions the Crown Act, which is in the works to protect people from race-based discrimination against hair. To further highlight this awareness, he gave a quick shoutout to his special guest Deandre Arnold, the young boy behind the Crown Act who was pressured by his high school to cut his dreadlocks for graduation.
Cherry wrapped up his speech by dedicating his Oscar to the late NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, who recently passed in a helicopter accident last month that sent shockwaves around the world. The former Lakers player was a legend on court, but was celebrated equally as an exceptional father to his four daughters.
“May we all have a second act that was as great as his was,” he said.
Watch the full acceptance speeches below: