'Encanto', 'The Windshield Wiper' Win Animation Honors at Oscars 2022


A Disney victory at the 2022 Academy awards, with 'Encanto' (Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Yvett Merino and Clark Spencer) taking home the prize for Best Animated Feature.

This was the fourth victory for Disney in the category (not counting Pixar's wins here) since the category was instituted in the 2001.  Its last win was with 'Zootopia' in 2016.

The Danish animation documentary 'Flee' by Jonas Poher Rasmussen didn't make it in a category mostly dominated by the big US studios ('Flee' also lost in its Best International Feature and Best Documentary categories it was nominated). Only one European animation feature has managed to win in the Best Animated Feature category throughout the years.

Spanish director Alberto Mielgo and Leo Sanchez won the Best Animated Short for 'The Windshield Piper'. Mielgo has been an art director in Disney's 'Tron: Uprising' (2013), and director of 'The Witness' animation short in the Netflix series 'Love, Death and Robots' won the Best Animated Short.  Leo Sanchez has worked in different capacities in many US studio projects (The Croods: A New AgeOver the MoonHow to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden WorldTangled). 

'The Windshield Wiper' is a very personal and particular vision on Love and relationships, which premiered at Cannes 2021 (Directors Fortnight).

The 3D computer film took 5 years to make, and its color palette owes a lot to David Lynch's universe. The film was backed up and produced by Pastel (Mark Ceryak, Barry Jenkins, Adele Romanski)

The short won over the following nominees:

  • Affairs of the Art, dir. Joanna Quinn (UK/Canada)
  • Bestia, dir. Hugo Covarrubias (Chile)
  • Boxballet by Anton Dyakov
  • Robin, Robin by Mikey Please

Here's the backstage talk and questions to the directors:

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