“Toy Story 4” wins the 2020 Oscar for Animated Feature; “Hair Love” wins for Animated Short

Hair Love

Updated on February 25, 2023

The 2020 Academy Awards took place last night. Below are this year’s Oscar winners, plus my thoughts on such.

Animated Feature Film

  • Toy Story 4
  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • I Lost My Body
  • Klaus
  • Missing Link

Animated Short Film

  • Hair Love
  • Kitbull
  • Dcera
  • Memorable
  • Sister

Visual Effects

  • 1917
  • The Lion King
  • Avengers: Endgame
  • The Irishman
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Original Song

  • “I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” Rocketman
  • “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” Toy Story 4
  • “Into the Unknown,” Frozen 2
  • “I’m Standing With You,” Breakthrough
  • “Stand Up,” Harriet

Metacritic scores

The Metacritic scores for the animated feature nominees:

  • Toy Story 4: 84
  • I Lost My Body: 80
  • How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World: 71
  • Missing Link: 68
  • Klaus: 65


Toy Story 4 French poster
“Toy Story 4.” (Pixar/Disney)

“Toy Story 4” won for the animated feature category. This met with some discussion over on Twitter. Some felt it should’ve gone to “Klaus,” while I thought it’d go to “Missing Link.” I didn’t think they’d give the prize to a movie that’s a “part 4,” albeit a well-liked one.

But the most discussed animation winner last night was “Hair Love,” an excellent animated short about an African-American father and daughter trying to grapple with the latter’s hair.

Over on the live-action side of things, “Joker” won only two Oscars (for best actor and original score), out of the ludicrous 11(!) it was nominated for. I suppose it could’ve been worse; however, it’s still odd that that makes twice the Clown Prince of Crime’s been deemed an Oscar-worthy role.

Fortunately, the best picture winner, and the film that was the most prominent winner of the night, wasn’t “Joker,” but “Parasite,” a subtitled Korean language film. It’s the first time a non-English language film won an Oscar for best picture. The film also won for best international picture. That’s the former “foreign picture” category, which was renamed starting this year; I assume the previous name sounded dated/not accurate enough.

Image from “Hair Love.” Art by Vashti Harrison.


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