Hair Love from director Matthew A. Cherry and producer Karen Rupert Toliver won Best Animated Short Film at the 2020 Academy Awards.

Sony Pictures Animation acquired the film in 2019. The film was shown in theaters earlier last year ahead of The Angry Birds Movie 2. The official description of the film notes that it “tells the heartfelt story of an African American father learning to do his daughter’s hair for the first time.” It was also shown recently ahead of Jumanji: The Next Level.

“It was important to get this story out there and we are so grateful to Sony Pictures Animation for their generous support in helping us make that happen,” said Cherry in an earlier statement. “They have championed it from its early stages and we cannot wait to share the project with the world.”

You can watch the film and Cherry’s acceptance speech below:


‘Hair Love’: Sony Pictures Animation Picks Up Matthew A. Cherry’s Short Film


Photo: Sony Pictures Animation

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