Disney's animated short "Feast," which depicts a relationship between a voracious puppy named Winston and the young man who feeds him, has won the Academy Award for animated short film.
The film, which won an Annie Award earlier this year, played before showings of Disney's feature "Big Hero 6."
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The award goes to first-time nominees Patrick Osborne, who directed, and producer Kristina Reed, who also co-produced "Big Hero 6" and worked on "Frozen" and "Wreck-It Ralph," among other Disney productions. "Feast" was Osborne's directorial debut; he served as animation supervisor on Disney's "Paperman," which was nominated for an Academy Award in the same category last year, and was an animator on "Wreck-It Ralph," "Tangled" and "Bolt."
"Feast" was the first idea to be greenlighted under a new short-film program for Disney Animation employees.
"I thought, 'Wouldn't it be cool if we saw a puppy go through from being a young dog to grown up below the table as part of the family and enjoying these meals together?'" Osborne told The Times in an article published last week.
Bite by bite, the tale chronicles the young man's love life as seen through the eyes of his Boston terrier.
"Feast" beat out four other animated shorts for the Oscar win, including "The Bigger Picture," which follows two brothers struggling to care for their elderly mother; "The Dam Keeper," about a little pig that operates a windmill that protects a town from poisonous clouds; "Me and My Moulton," about a sensitive girl who wants a bicycle from her unconventional parents; and "A Single Life," which follows a woman who travels in time using a mysterious vinyl record.
The 87th Academy Awards are being held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.