"Don't be afraid to tell your stories to the world"

Pixar film ‘Bao’ has won an Oscar for Best Animated Short.

Chinese-Canadian director Domee Shi and producer Becky Neiman-Cobb brought home an Oscar for their Pixar short Bao.

The short animation, which was screened at cinemas just ahead of Incredibles 2, tells the tale of a Chinese mother and her baby dumpling that comes to life. Last year, Shi revealed that she was inspired by Asian folk tales to create Bao.

Shi, who was the first female to direct a Pixar short when she created the 2018 film, said she was “honored” to be nominated for the Oscar. 

In her acceptance speech, Shi thanked everyone for supporting shorts and encouraged more people to share their stories.

“To all the nerdy girls out there who hide behind their sketchbooks, don’t be afraid to tell your stories to the world,” Shi said. “You’re going to freak people out but you’ll probably connect with them too and that’s an amazing feeling to have.”

In the Best Animated Short category, Bao was up against Animal Behaviour, Late Afternoon, One Small Step and Weekends.

In related news, Shi will soon be making her first feature film debut.

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