According to expert predictors, Disney Pixar’s Coco is practically unbeatable in the race for the Best Animated Feature – and the nominations haven’t even happened yet.
Ahead of the nominations announcements on Tuesday 23 January, the near-unanimous support for the film has the movie stars feeling pretty confident that the film, which honours Día de Muertos, also known as The Day Of The Dead, will leave the ceremony with a gong in hand.
And one person that is particularly confident is Jane The Virgin star Jaime Camil, who voices Papa Rivera in the movie.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk exclusively, the 44-year-old Mexican actor, lit up when we discussed the possibility of a win.
‘If that’s the case – that we get nominated for an award – that’ll be awesome,’ he told us.
‘I definitely think it has a big chance of having some Oscar love,’ he said proudly. ‘It is a beautiful movie and well written. The storytelling is brilliant.’
The film centres around 12-year-old Miguel who wants to follow his dream of playing the guitar like his dead hero Ernesto de la Cruz, and so enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather who Miguel believes will give him the permission needed to follow his dreams.
The movie, which won a Golden Globes earlier this month, is being celebrated for it’s all Latino-cast, a first for Pixar, and it’s accuracy in depicting Mexican culture – but Jaime wants those who have not watched the film yet to know there is an even deeper theme that we can all relate to.
‘The movie is way more about just Día de Muertos. I know it is decorated around a very Mexican celebration which is Día de Muertos,’ he said .’But to be honest, it’s just the cherry on the top, the movie is so much more than that.’
‘It’s much more about family, bonding, loving your family members, honouring and never forgetting the family members that have left us.’
Coco co-director Lee Unkrich previously told Metro.co.uk that ‘as we made the film we found more and more a sense of urgency to get the story right and put a positive depiction of Mexico and of the community out in the world’.
‘We’re very proud in this time of negativity to put such a positive thing in the world,’ he added.
According to expert predictors animated movies The Breadwinner, Birdboy: The Forgotten Children, Ferdinand and Long Vincent also stand a good chance of receiving a nomination nod on Tuesday.
Coco is out in cinemas now.
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