"Hair Love" Short Film by Matthew A. Cherry Wins Oscar!

Hair Love Short Film by Matthew A. Cherry Wins Oscar!

Tonight, the short film Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry won an Oscar for Best Animated Short at the 92nd Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California!  The Sony Pictures movie competed against 4 other short films in the category.

Hair Love is about a little African-American girl name Zuri whose father, Stephen learns how to do her natural hair. Cherry took to Twitter to express his excitement! He posted his original speech and a cute photo of Zuri hugging an Oscar. His caption said, "Thank you. 💜 #HairLove #Oscars." He also dedicated his award to Kobe Bryant, who was the first athlete to win in that category for Dear Basketball.

We first told you about Hair Love in 2017 when Cherry surpassed his campaign goal on Kickstarter. Since then, the Hair Love book has been published and a short film released. Vashti Harrison is also the co-author and illustrator. Hair Love hit theaters in 2019 playing alongside The Angry Birds Movie 2. Earlier this month, Matthew A. Cherry announced the film would play before Jumanji: The Next Level in theaters.

Hair Love Team including Matthew A. Cherry and Deandre and Sandy Arnold. Texas teen, Deandre Arnold was suspended from school for wearing locs. He was also told he could not walk during graduation if he did not cut them. (photo cred: Matthew A. Cherry/Instagram)

Some interesting facts about "Hair Love" is that Issa Rae plays Zuri's mom. Some of the film's Co-Executive Producers include Jordan Peel, Yara, and her mom Keri Shahidi. Both Gabrielle Union-Wade and Gabourey Sidibe are also Assistant Producers on the film. If the film reminds you a bit of The Proud Family, it might be because Bruce W. Smith who is the creator of The Proud Family and animator of The Princess and the Frog is one of the producers of Hair Love

If you haven't seen the film, check it out below.

CONGRATULATIONS to the ENTIRE  Hair Love Team, especially Matthew A. Cherry! We LOVE the book and film! Thank you!❤

Disclosure: We receive a fee for any books that are bought after clicking link above. All opinions expressed in this article are our own. 

What do you think of Hair Love and it winning an Oscar?
Related Articles: Kickstarter Campaign for "Hair Love" Animated Short Film Surpasses Its Goal!