Coco continues to break barriers, and fans are not shy about expressing their excitement. On Sunday night, the Disney-Pixar film won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.
Director Lee Unkrich gave a short but poignant acceptance speech, putting a spotlight on the community that made the film possible:
"...the biggest thank you of all to the people of Mexico," he said. "Coco would not exist without your endlessly beautiful culture and traditions. With Coco, we tried to take a step forward toward a world where all children can grow up seeing characters in movies that look and talk and live like they do. Marginalized people deserve to feel like they belong. Representation matters."
He then handed the mic to Anthony Gonzalez, the film's leading voice star, who supplemented Unkrich's speech with a Spanish version.
Coco beat out The Boss Baby, Ferdinand, Loving Vincent and The Breadwinner for the big win, and if Twitter is any indication, the people are in support.
Later in the evening, the film won Best Original Song for "Remember Me," written by two-time Oscar-winners Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.
Other contenders included Coco's "Mystery of Love," Pasek & Paul's "This Is Me" of The Greatest Showman, Common and Diane Warren's "Stand Up for Something" from Marshall and Mary J. Blige, and Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson's "Mighty River" from Mudbound.
In late 2017, Spanish-speaking fans showered Coco and its creators with praise for increased representation. The film has truly raised the bar on inclusion in Hollywood, proving that respectful, authentic cultural depictions are not only worth it, but necessary.
Let's hope future films follow suit.