“Toy Story 4” took home the Oscars’ best animated film on Sunday.
It is now the third golden statuette for the innovative Pixar franchise about a toy collection that addresses the importance of friendship and embracing change.
The latest addition to the collection is “Forky” — a handicraft toy made from a plastic spork by Bonnie during her art class.
Forky joined Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the rest of the toys for a new and life-changing adventure in Toy Story 4.
“We just want to thank the Academy for honoring our film alongside so many beautiful animated films this year. We’re just proud to be among them,” said Nielsen after accepting the Oscar, “We take great pride in the fact that we get to make family films, and ‘Toy Story 4’ is a love letter to our families.”
“We want to thank the moviegoing audience so much, especially those that grew up with ‘Toy Story.’ We hope that your adventures with Woody and Buzz made growing up a little bit easier,” said Cooley.
“Toy Story 4” topped Universal’s “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” Laika’s “The Missing Link” and a pair of Netflix titles — “I Lost My Body” and the holiday film “Klaus.” “Missing Link” won the Golden Globe and “Klaus” took the Annie Award, placing both into play as possible Oscar winners among prognosticators.
The film was by far the biggest grosser among the nominees, gaining $434 million in North America and $1.07 billion worldwide.
In 2011, “Toy Story 3” received the same honor, as well as the Oscar for best original song — a remarkable trifecta for Disney’s computer-animated flicks.