Los Angeles: On Feb 9 when a foreign language film made history by winning the Oscar for Best Picture, the Indian-American representation at the gala event only highlighted the growing global nature of the Academy Awards.
Indian-American writer and actor Mindy Kaling graced the stage as a presenter for two categories – best animated feature film and the best animated short film.
Before announcing the winner of the best animated feature film, she shared her childhood memories as a “shy” young girl from an immigrant family who found comfort in animated films.
“I can’t wait to introduce those worlds to my daughter now,” Kaling said before announcing that ‘Toy Story 4’ was the winner.
‘Hair Love’, which shows how an African American father succeeds in styling his young daughter’s hair, won the best animated short film award.
Indian-American actor-rapper Utkarsh Ambudkar had the diaspora flag flying high as well as one of the night’s performers. He recapped the first half of the night with an impromptu freestyle rap performance on stage.
Utkarsh has worked on the show ‘The Mindy Project’ and appeared in ‘The Muppets’, ‘Basmati Blues’ and ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’. He is also famous for his role as Donald in ‘Pitch Perfect’.