Zootopia is up for an Oscar – and it has a few ties to Minnesota

An animator on the movie Moana is also from Minnesota.
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Well, we don't know yet. But the nominees were announced Tuesday morning, and at least two of them have a connection to Minnesota.

Disney'sZootopia is up for best animated feature film. The film was co-written by former KARE 11 reporter Phil Johnston, who is from Neenah, Wisconsin, according to Variety.

The Golden Globe-winning movie tells the story of a young rabbit cop who forms an alliance with a con artist fox to save Zootopia. But the film is more than a kid's movie about animals – it tackles issues like racism and prejudice. (Watch a trailer for it here.)

Johnston, who also voiced the character Gideon Grey in the film, recently spoke with MPR News. You can listen to the interview here.

But Johnston isn't the only Midwesterner with ties to Zootopia.Justin Weber, who graduated from Foley High School and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, helped with the animation in the film.

Weber also worked on Moana, the story of an adventurous teen who sets sail on a mission to save her tribe. Moana was also nominated for best animated feature film.

The film directed by Minnesota's most famous brothers – the Coens – also received a nomination. Hail Caesaris up for the production design Oscar.

La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, is nominated for 14 Academy Awards – tying the record for most nominations ever. The others to be up for 14 Oscars were Titanic and All About Eve, the Huffington Post says. For a complete list of nominations, click here.

The 89th Academy Awards will air on ABC Feb. 26 starting at 6 p.m.

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