It’s no surprise that Disney/Pixar’s Coco, with rave reviews and box-office success, earned Golden Globe nominations for Best Motion Picture – Animated and Best Original Song – Motion Picture for “Remember Me,” written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (who snagged an Oscar for the popular Frozen anthem “Let It Go.”) In November, Coco became the highest grossing movie in Mexico and now has a worldwide take-in of over $550 million — but money isn’t everything.
The film centers on the Mexican tradition of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and features an all-Latino cast including Gael García Bernal and Benjamin Bratt. Coco is also the first Pixar film to be solely dedicate to a foreign culture. A win would be a triumph for the Latin community not only for bolstering the viability of Latino-based art in mainstream American markets but also as part of a bulwark against the fearmongering against Mexicans provoked by elements of the U.S. government in the past year.
Bratt, who voices the character Ernesto de la Cruz, feels it couldn’t have come at a better time, considering the political climate. “That celebration [of Latin culture] is cause for celebration because sitting in the White House is a man who’s no friend of Latinos and one who has denigrated our culture, loosely labeled us as rapists and murderers, and that couldn’t be more far from the truth,” he told PEOPLE at the Los Angeles premiere of the film. “Without focusing on that, and focusing on the matter at hand, Coco celebrates our uniqueness, celebrates the fact that we’re a community of love and family ties, artistic expression, beautiful language and wonderful traditions.”
Jane the Virgin‘s Jamie Camil, who voices Papá Rivera in Coco, recently spoke to PEOPLE CHICA on the meaning of the movie’s sucess for Latinos. “I celebrate the success of the movie. The emotion, the heart of the movie, lands on Benjamin Bratt, Anthony Gonzalez and Gael Garcia Bernal’s shoulders,” he said of the all cast. “I play the kid’s father, but I really celebrate its success and how it portrays our beautiful culture from Mexico and some Latin American cultures that celebrate El Día de los Muertos.”
Other titles in the Best Motion Picture – Animated category include Loving Vincent, Ferdinand, The Boss Baby and The Breadwinner.
It would be no surprise if the film walked away with a Golden Globe. In addition to record-breaking earnings, it received a 97 percent certified “fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes. “I think that [co-directors] Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina did a wonderful job. Kudos to them, what a beautiful movie!” raved Camil.