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Minnesota's Pete Docter wins an Oscar for Pixar's 'Inside Out'


Disney-Pixar hit film "Inside Out" was a big hit at the Oscars, and the Minnesota native who co-wrote and directed it took home an Academy Award.

Pete Docter, a native of Bloomington, won the Oscar for best animated feature – and his victory speech is drawing rave reviews.

"There are days you're gonna be sad, angry, scared. That's nothing you can choose. But you can make stuff. Make films. Draw. Write. It'll make a world of difference," Docter said.

He also told his kids they could get a dog:

Docter, who won an Academy Award previously, was born in 1968 in Bloomington; his mother was a music teacher and has father was a choral director at Normandale Community College.

After graduating from Kennedy High School, Docter spent a year at the University of Minnesota before transferring to the California Institute of the Arts.

Docter has been a Pixar writer, director and artist for more than two decades. In addition to “Inside Out,” Docter has worked on films including “Toy Story,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Wall-E” and “Up.”

Other films with ties to Minnesota

There were a handful of films nominated that have ties to Minnesota, including a few winners.

“The Revenant” – a movie based off a true story that happened in South Dakota – won three of the 12 awards for which it was nominated, including Best Actor, marking Leonardo DiCaprio's first Oscar win.

The film's stuntman team included Minnesota native Tim Sitarz. He served as a body model for the computer-generated bear that attacked DiCaprio, the Star Tribune says.

Anomalisa” was up for Best Animated Feature against “Inside Out” – the main character's face was modeled after Minnesotan Chris Wilkins.

The Minnesota-born Coen Brothers were also up for an Academy Award this year. Ethan and Joel Coen were nominated for Best Original Screenplay for "Bridge of Spies." The brothers didn't win, but the film did take home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

For a complete list of winners, click here.

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