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Breakthrough ‘Hair Love’ nominated for Oscar

oscar 2020 92 academy awards nominee hair love best animated short film
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Announced by actress, writer and producer Issa Rae and actor John Cho, “Hair Love” tells the story of an African American father and daughter bonding as he learns how to style her hair in the absence of her mother. 

Per the film’s website, “This story was born out of seeing a lack of representation in mainstream animated projects, and also wanting to promote hair love amongst young men and women of color.”

“Hair Love” was published as an illustrated book in May and hit theaters in August. It was on The New York Times’s bestseller list.

The film was created by Matthew A. Cherry, a former NFL wide receiver who makes and produces films, recently executive producing the Oscar-nominated “BlackKklansman”

 In addition to Cherry, more of Hollywood’s biggest names went into the creation of “Hair Love.” Featuring Issa Rae as the single voice in the film, producers included Jordan Peele (“Get Out”, “Us”), Yara and Keri Shahidi, Gabrielle Union-Wade, Dwayne Wade Jr., Gabourey Sidibe, Peter Ramsey (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”) and Frank Abney (““Toy Story 4”).