Lee Unkrich is an American director and film editor. He is a longtime member of the creative team at Pixar, where he started in 1994 as a film editor. He later moved into directing, as co-director of Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., and Finding Nemo (2003 and 2011 Academy Award for Best Animated Feature).
Unkrich accepted the Oscar today at the 83rd Academy Awards & here’s his acceptance speech.
“Oh boy. I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, but thank you to the Academy. I wouldn’t be standing here if it weren’t for the vision of three incredible guys. John Lasseter, Ed Catmull, and Steve Jobs, the founders of Pixar Animation Studios, which by the way, is the most awesome place on the planet to make movies.”
To my producer, Darla Anderson, screenwriter Michael Arndt, my cast and crew, everyone at Disney and Pixar, every single person who had absolutely anything to do with making Toy Story 3 and getting it out into the world, I share this with you.”
“To my grandmother, who always insisted that she’d see me up here someday. To my parents, my wife, Laura, my kids, Hannah, Alice, and Max, I love you all so much. And finally, thank you to audiences all over the world who came out in historic numbers and embraced a movie about talking toys that hopefully had something very human to say. Thank you. Thank you! Thank you!”