The Disney movie “Encanto” earned the best animated feature prize at the 2022 Oscars, and parents of small children are all too familiar with its magic.
The moving ballad “Dos Oruguitas” from “Encanto” is also nominated for score and original song. The animated musical follows the Madrigals, a Colombian family who receives supernatural gifts in their hometown of Encanto. Mirabel, played by Stephanie Beatriz, is determined to save her family’s magic.
On Sunday night, Walt Disney Animation Studios received the animated feature Academy Award. Disney has won the animation Oscar four times since it was first given out in 2002, not including films from its Pixar division. If “Dos Oruguitas” wins, Lin-Manuel Miranda, who composed eight original songs for “Encanto,” will enter the coveted “EGOT” club of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award winners. Before another Miranda-penned song from the film, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno,” became a big hit, the song was chosen as the Oscar submission from “Encanto.”
Miranda is up for his second Academy Award nomination in the category of best original song; he was previously nominated in 2017 for “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana.” Sebastián Yatra, a Colombian singer-songwriter, will perform “Dos Oruguitas” on the Oscars stage. The song’s title translates to “Two Caterpillars,” and it was played in the background during a flashback depicting the Madrigal family’s terrible origins.
While the tale is delightful and the songs are catchy, Miranda hinted that the actual strength of “Encanto” derives from its representation, which allows underserved Latino youngsters to be seen and heard. The incident of Kenzo Brooks, a 2-year-old Black toddler who saw “Encanto’s” Afro-Latino character Antonio Madrigal and mistook him for himself on the TV, showed its power.
🎉Congratulations to the fantastical cast and crew of #Encanto for winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film! #Oscars pic.twitter.com/iwVxbtxYpl— Disney's Encanto (@EncantoMovie) March 28, 2022
“I’ve spent my entire life preparing for this moment because I wanted to contribute to the creation of characters that children might identify with. I wanted to write songs about the house parties I used to go to as a kid. And you’re always writing for your inner child, isn’t it? “On The Red Carpet, he revealed.
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