Disney took both animation categories and visual effects at Sunday’s Academy Awards.
The studio’s smash “Zootopia” won for best animated feature; Disney/Pixar’s charming “Piper” won for animated short; and Disney’s CGI/live-action hybrid “The Jungle Book” won for visual effects.
“Zootopia” filmmakers Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer mentioned the degree to which politically divisive times have lent a lens through which to view their anthropomorphic satire. In accepting the award, Moore expressed gratitude that audiences embraced “this story of tolerance being more powerful than fear of the other.”
Alan Barillaro and Marc Sondheimer won for “Piper.” For all its success, Pixar hadn’t won for animated short since 2002 (“For the Birds”).
It was no surprise that “Jungle Book,” directed by Jon Favreau, won for best visual effects. The cutting-edge technology that went into creating so much of the film was breath-taking and seamed so well with the live-action.