93rd Oscars Onstage Speech Transcript: SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

SPEECH BY: Will McCormack and Michael Govier



I never thought I'd get to say this, thank you to the Academy. I just want to thank . . . just thank you to everyone who open their hearts and watched our film. It just means so much to us. Maryann Garger, you were the engine of our film, Youngran Nho, your art astounds us, Laura Dern and Jayme Lemons, thank you for your tenacity and passion. Gary Gilbert and Gilbert Films for believing in us. Robyn Klein and Jeremy Ross, our guardian angels. Lindsay Marcus, your sublime music. Peter Morgan. Gerald Chamales, Sydney Holland and Peter Ettinger, Michael Babcock, Julia Rodrigues and Michelle Heo. We were so lucky to work with you. That's how big our team was. I would like to thank my parents who've been my champions from the start. My wife Eliza, I love you.

Thank you to Rashida Jones, Melissa Cobb, Gregg Taylor. Thank you for having the guts to believe that all stories can be told in animation. Wolf Kasteler, Noelle Roy, Everytown for Gun Safety, Sophie Yen and the UTA Foundation. Mom and Dad for telling me I could do anything I believed in. I bought it. My wife Emily Arlook and our baby boy. Sonny McCormack, you brought me more joy than I knew was possible. We dedicate this film to all those who've lost loved ones to gun violence. We deserve better than to live in a country where more than 100 people died by gun violence every single day. We deserve better. We must be better. We will be better. Thank you. Thank you.


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