94th Academy Awards: Disney’s ‘Encanto,’ ‘The Windshield Wiper’ Win Animation Oscars

The Academy of Motion Pictures presented the 94th Oscars on Sunday evening (March 27) broadcast on ABC and live streamed to multiple platforms from L.A.’s Dolby Theater in Hollywood.  Disney’s Ecanto won the Animated Feature Film trophy for directors and producers. This is the 4th category victory for Disney Feature Animation.

Jared Bush, Clark Spencer, Yvett Merino and Byron Howard accept the Animated Feature Film award for ‘Encanto’ at the 94th Academy Awards.

The Best Animated Feature category began in 2001 and Shrek became the first winner. In the 20 years since the category began, Disney has won 14 times. The only non-Disney films to win in this category are ShrekSpirited AwayWallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-RabbitHappy FeetRango, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.


The Animated Short Film award went to Spanish director Alberto Mielgo’s innovative and visually stunning The Windshield Wiper. Produced by Leo Sanchez, the short offers a fascinating take on modern relationships in our tech-infused lives. The short faced tough competition from the other four nominees Robin Robin, Affairs of the Art, Bestia and Boxballet. You can read our interview with Mieglo here.



Leo Sanchez (left) and Alberto Mielgo (The Windshield Wiper) accept their Oscar for Best Animated Short.


Denis Villenueve’s epic adaptation of Dune won the Visual Effects Oscar, with the accolade going to Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor and Gerd Nefzer. The acclaimed Warner Bros. release had already picked up the VFX BAFTA, VES Award and several other top tech prizes during award season. According to Villeneuve,  preproduction on Dune 2 will begin next week. The sequel will continue where the first move left off and cover the second part of Frank Kerbert’s popular sci-fi novel.

Here is a snapshot of the overall nominees and the winners:

Animated Features:

  • Flee Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Monica Hellström, Signe Byrge Sørensen and Charlotte De La Gournerie
  • Luca Enrico Casarosa and Andrea Warren
  • The Mitchells vs. the Machines. Mike Rianda, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and Kurt Albrecht
  • Raya and the Last Dragon. Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada, Osnat Shurer and Peter Del Vecho
  • WINNER: Encanto,  Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Yvett Merino and Clark Spencer

Animated Shorts:

  • Affairs of the Art. Joanna Quinn and Les Mills
  • Bestia.  Hugo Covarrubioas and Tevo Díaz
  • Boxballet. Anton Dyakov
  • Robin Robin. Dan Ojari and Mikey Please
  • WINNER: The Windshield Wiper. Alberto Mielgo and Leo Sanchez

Visual Effects:

  • Free Guy. Swen Gillberg, Bryan Grill, Nikos Kalaitzidis and Dan Sudick
  • No Time To Die. Charlie Noble, Joel Green, Jonathan Fawkner and Chris Corbould
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Christopher Townsend, Joe Farrell, Sean Noel Walker and Dan Oliver
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home. Kelly Port, Chris Waegner, Scott Edelstein and Dan Sudick
  • WINNER: Dune,  Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor and Gerd Nefzer

You can check out all the category nominees and find more info at oscars.org.



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