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.
Although many believe Cocó is a kids movie, it’s much more than that. It shows my brothers and cousins that there’s finally a popular Mexican movie in the US. Now with an Oscar win it’s much more special for every Mexican and Latino. México Forever!!🇲🇽— Gissella Lara (@gissella_lara) March 5, 2018
Coco was a beautiful film that honored the heritage of people that look like me. That matters. Bless this movie and watch it ASAP if you haven’t already.— Quixem Ramirez (@quixem) March 5, 2018
Watching people’s dreams come true and getting recognition for their passion and work amazes me. All different colors, genders, and ages. Dreams all start for these people no matter who they are. I also just loved coco so much. pic.twitter.com/by1hlMydLz— Reggie Garcia (@ReggieGarcia) March 5, 2018
For coco to win an Oscar is beyond real. It’s represent my culture my people, my heritage. I am American but I am also Mexican immigrants make this country. One day there will be no hate, no discrimination. Just peace. #vivamexico #coco— Luis Gonzales III (@LuisGIII) March 5, 2018
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.