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BREAKING: ‘Encanto’ Wins the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film

When the Oscar nominees for the 94th Academy Awards were announced, Disney fans learned that the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film was actually going to be a showdown between three Disney animated movies: Encanto, Raya and the Last Dragon, and the Disney and Pixar movie Luca. Each of these three Disney animated films has won several other awards during the 2022 award season, but the runaway success of Encanto has consistently dwarfed its competing nominees’ — and now our Oscar predictions were rightEncanto has just won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film!

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Pepa and Isabela singing about Bruno in ‘Encanto’, which just won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film at the 94th annual Academy Awards. Credit: stagechat.co.uk

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Dolores Madrigal singing to Mirabel Madrigal about Bruno in ‘Encanto’, which just won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film at the 94th annual Academy Awards. Credit: slate.com

Encanto had already won the Golden Globe Award, as well as many other awards this season, so it’s no surprise that the animated Disney movie has just had an iconic Academy Award win. Raya and the Last Dragon and Luca were both neck in neck with Encanto during awards season when it came to awards and nominations, but the viral songs from Encanto and the movie’s strong fanbase were already making the popular opinion of audiences clear: Encanto was the favorite. While the Academy can be obstinate about choosing films that are popular with mainstream audiences, this was not the case for once!

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The Madrigal family: Luisa (voiced by Jessica Darrow), Isabela (voiced by Diane Guerrero), the matriarch Abuela Alma (voiced by María Cecilia Botero), Felix (voiceded by Mauro Castillo), Julieta (voiced by Angie Cepeda), Pepa (voiced by Carolina Gaitán), Agustín (voiced by Wilmer Valderrama), Camilo (voiced by Rhenzy Feliz), Antonio (voiced by Ravi Cabot-Conyers), and Dolores (voiced by Adassa) and Mirabel Madrigal (voiced by Stephanie Beatriz). John Leguizamo voices Bruno (not pictured).  The Walt Disney Animation Studios movie ‘Encanto’ is directed by Charise Castro Smith and just won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film at the 94th annual Academy Awards. . Credit: movies.disney.com

This Academy Award win is not the only way that Encanto and its cast are stealing the spotlight during the 94th Academy Awards. Several cast members from Encanto performed the hit original song “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” during the awards ceremony (with the help of Latin pop stars Becky G and Luis Fonsi during the live performance), and Encanto was also nominated for the Oscar for Best Original Song for “Dos Oruguitas”!

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Lily James, Halle Bailey, and Naomi Scott announcing that ‘Encanto’ has won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film at the 94th annual Academy Awards. . Credit: ABC

Lin-Manuel Miranda actually nominated “Dos Oruguitas” because he thought that it suited the overall themes from Encanto better than the song about Bruno did, but it was still a surprise for many fans since “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” has broken so many Billboard records.

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Giulia (voiced by Emma Berman), Alberto Scorfano (voiced by Jack Dylan Grazer) and Luca Paguro (voiced by Jacob Tremblay) in ‘Luca’ Credit: Disney Pixar

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‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ starring Kelly Marie Tran, Gemma Chan, and Awkwafina Credit: Disney

Raya and the Last Dragon and Luca are both still fan favorites (and they’re still streaming on Disney+ if you haven’t seen them), but they couldn’t hold a candle to the success of Encanto! The other Oscar nominees were Flee and The Mitchells vs. the Machines.

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Regina Hall, Amy Schumer and Wanda Sykes are taking the stage to co-host the 94th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and Hollywood. Credit: D23

Ariana DeBose has already won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Maria in West Side Story tonight; now the biggest questions will be about the Best Actress, Best Actor, and Best Film Oscars. Jessica Chastain is likely to win the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her role in The Eyes of Tammy Faye, while CODA is likely to win Best Picture and Will Smith is likely to win Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role in King Richard. 

Dune has won multiple Academy Awards tonight already as well, including Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound, Best Production Design, and Best Film Editing.

Are you watching the Oscars tonight from where they are being aired live in the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles? Are you going to hold out longer to see who wins Best Actress, Best Actor, and which movie wins Best Feature Film? And did you see all of the gorgeous red carpet makeup, hair, and red carpet style being shown off by Oscar nominees like Jessica Chastain?

About Sharon

Sharon is from New England. She's a writer, animal lover, and, of course, a Disney Fanatic! Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures.