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Disney animator from Humboldt, Sask. celebrates Oscar win

Andrew Ford started working for Disney in 2015 when he was hired to do character animation for Academy Award-winning Zootopia.
Andrew Ford started working for Disney in 2015 when he was hired to do character animation for Academy Award-winning Zootopia. Andrew Ford / Supplied

Andrew Ford of Humboldt, Sask., has held the golden statuette so many people in film dream of winning.

In 2015, Disney hired Ford to be a character animator on Zootopia, the Oscar winner for the best animated feature at Sunday’s Academy Awards.

READ MORE: 2017 Academy Awards include work from Saskatchewan artists

The Oscar is “actually pretty heavy. It’s got some weight to it,” Ford told Global News over the phone.

Ford and a couple hundred Disney animators gathered to watch the awards Sunday on TV.

The next morning, they gathered for a toast to the team, directors and leadership in Disney and Disney Feature Animation.

“There’s not many opportunities for this. You can work a whole lifetime in movies and not have a chance,” Ford said.

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Another movie Ford worked on, Moana, was nominated for two Oscars, but didn’t take home any hardware.

The University of Saskatchewan alumnus is now working on Wreck-It Ralph 2, which is scheduled to come out next year.

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