Hair Love

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

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“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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