Matthew A. Cherry, left, and Karen Rupert Toliver, winners of the award for best animated short film for “Hair Love”, pose in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Published 02/10/2020 | Reading Time 1 min 0 sec
By BWSTimes Staff
“Hair Love,” the animated short film written and directed by Matthew A. Cherry, co-produced with Karen Rupert Toliver, and their talented team at Sony Pictures Animation won an Oscar.
And Black America is excited to see Black Excellence back in Hollywood and being celebrated in a new form — animation.
Cherry could have never imaged that his 2017 Kickstarter campaign to raise money for his short film would someday win an Oscar.
And it’s quite clear that his ancestors’ greatest dreams came true when he and his teammates sealed the prized honor for Best Animated Short Film at the 92nd Academy Awards in Tinseltown.
Hair Love follows the story of a loving Black father who is abruptly faced with learning a skill set that every Girl Dad should have — how to dress their daughters’ natural ebony crown.
Today, the short film already has over 15 million views on YouTube and counting.
What a cherry on the top for Black History month 2020.
See the short film below and feel free to celebrate the Black Excellence of Hair Love.