SPEECH BY: Yvett Merino, Byron Howard, Clark Spencer, Jared Bush

FILM: "Encanto"

Yvett Merino: Oh, my goodness.  Hi.  Thank you to the Academy.  Thank you.  It is -- I'm so proud to be a part of a film that puts beautiful diverse characters in front and center and that people everywhere are seeing themselves in the film.


Byron Howard: We have some key people to thank.  Our ENCANTO music department led by the incomparable Lin Manuel Miranda, and Germaine Franco and our superhero, our strength, Charise Castro Smith, our co-director, the heart of the Madrigal family.


Clark Spencer: And everyone at the Walt Disney Animation Studios.  This film only exists because of your talent, and your passion. Jennifer Lee, and Alan Bergman, for championing this film from the very beginning.


Jared Bush: And we have to thank the entire country of Columbia, our amazing cast.  This is a movie about family and we would not be here without our family so I want to thank my wife, Pam, my kids Merrick, Emmitt, and Hewitt.


Clark Spencer: My parents, Donn and Adrien. 


Byron Howard: Shephard, my husband, my family on both coasts, my dad.  I miss you


Yvett Merino: And my husband Rafael and Felix and Noemi.  Bye.  Thank you. 

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