Wow: An Oscar!

brave wins oscar What am I supposed to DO with that? I’m still kind of stunned. It feels surreal. Don’t get me wrong… I’m thrilled! But… it’s not just getting the Oscar – or the other awards for Brave – that makes me feel so overwhelmed and numb. It’s all of the incredible support and good wishes that I’ve received in the past few weeks. I’m so humbled by all of it – and just… well… stunned.

It’s been crazy! I’ve had people sending me little movies over text that filmed them screaming and dogs barking when Brave won! I’ve had conversations, emails, tweets and Facebook messages telling me their what-they-were-doing-when-Brave-won-the-Oscar-and-how-they-screamed stories from family, friends, acquaintances and strangers alike! And I’m still hearing new ones. It’s absolutely one of the best parts of the entire experience. And the party my husband and friends threw for me the next weekend—there simply aren’t any words for how incredible it’s all been! To have so many people be so excited and happy for Brave and for me…just…I don’t know how to say it other than – it’s really humbling.

And that was all afterwards. The actual night itself, well, it was magical in every way.

The best part of the experience, bar none, was the look on my daughter’s face when they announced “… and the Oscar goes to Brave!” It felt like Emma jumped straight out of her seat and landed facing me – eyes wide with excitement – her back ramrod straight. I couldn’t help but give her a kiss on her cheek. What a night she had—and what joy that gave me.

As for the other awards events, I chose to stay at home with my husband and daughter for the Golden Globes’ ceremony. It was a bittersweet moment, so it was good to get my hugs at home. I flew to London for the BAFTAs, but it was such a quick trip that my family couldn’t join me, so I had no one to share it with, other than the people I met at the dinner afterwards. Although they were truly lovely, it’s not quite the same as family.

Don’t get me wrong on this, either… I was just as thrilled that Brave won those awards, as well!

But the night of the Oscars, it was so special. And when I was fretting over having just one guest ticket, my husband, Kevin Lima, insisted that I take our daughter, Emma, with me. “You should share this with her,” he said “it’s a mother and daughter night!” Having Emma with me that night not only let me share with her one of the most wonderful nights of my life, it allowed me to tell the world how very much she means to me. How lucky can a girl get, married to a guy like that? My only regret (which, by the way, he’ll never let me forget) is that when I accepted the Oscar I was so overwhelmed with the enormity of it all that I thanked him as “my husband,” not “my husband, Kevin Lima.” Oi!

And thanks to all of you, my friends, family, fans, loyal readers of this blog and everyone who watched and enjoyed and supported Brave. You have helped make this girl’s dreams come true.

Image via Mill Valley Patch

  • Congrats Brenda! It couldn’t have gone to a nicer person. 🙂

    • Brenda Chapman

      Thank you! 🙂

  • So, so happy for you – for the recognition and the magic of it, but mostly that you got to share it with your daughter. That’s so special and something you’ll both remember forever. Huge congratulations. 🙂

    • Brenda Chapman

      Thank you so much. Yes, we’ll never forget what a great night we had! 🙂

  • Jeff Kays

    Congratulations Brenda, it was a well deserved win! It was so great to see you on stage accepting the award! I can’t imagine how wonderful it must have been to share that experience with your daughter. Neither of you will forget it!

    • Brenda Chapman

      Thank you, Jeff!
      It was unforgettable, that’s for sure!

  • You really deserve it! Congratulations on the win. I’m really looking forward to seeing what you do next 🙂

    • brendachapman

      Thank you! I just hope I can live up to expectations! It’s pretty intimidating. But I’ll have fun trying. 🙂

      • I can’t imagine just how intimidating an oscar must be… but when you strip away the beautiful animation and the groundbreaking CGI on her hair, what I really loved about “Brave” is that the characters and the relationships felt authentic. After reading your blog and following your journey to the oscars, I really believe that authenticity is what you are all about. As long as you keep doing that, I’m sure that this will be the first of many oscars 🙂

        • brendachapman

          You are very sweet. Thank you.

  • I would treasure that little gold man and any memories that combine happiness & success!

    • brendachapman

      And I shall. Thank you. 🙂

  • Kenny Barillas

    I’ll never forget when I saw the awards from my house, crossed my fingers and my mind wanted that “Brave” will take the victory. Simply, a pride and happiness of others invaded my body and just gather my hands to clap for You!. Brenda, you not only gave me reason to continue to be my inspiration for my life, but also gave me an example of strength and perseverance. Thanks for this important lesson and for this unique and fascinating history.

    • brendachapman

      Thank you so much, Kenny! I am touched! xo

      • Kenny Barillas

        You’re welcome, Brenda! 😉

  • I was way excited when you won. I wanted to see you up there so bad! To see your daughter then too, how lovely!

    I think the response you have gotten (certainly this is my reason behind my reaction) is the time you have take to talk to people. On twitter, on Facebook, on your blog…
    You always reply and each reply for dreamers such as myself who look up to you is such a boost. The first time you looked at my blog and gave me encouragement about my drawing I was walking on air for the rest of the day! People have got to know you, admired your work, felt for you went things didn’t go smoothly or fairly. And that is all down to you and the person you are.

    Are you blushing yet? lol

    From you loyal still wearing my ‘I heart Brenda T Shirt fan’!


    • brendachapman

      Yes, I am blushing! xoxo Thank you, my dear loyal fan, Sian.

  • Dwight

    Thanks for who you are and how you have worked so hard to remain the same sincere, considerate, humble “little sister” that I am very, very proud of. Love you very much!! Your “ole bald headed” brother!

    • brendachapman

      Awwww… I love you to, Dwight!! xoxo

  • Shelly

    You are an inspiration! Family is what matters! It’s fun to hear the story behind the lipstick kiss on Emma’s cheek. 🙂 My family also screamed when Brave was announced the winner. Thank you to you and Kevin for caring about good quality family entertainment, and for sharing your talents with us.

    • brendachapman

      Thank you, Shelly. xoxo

  • Joree

    As always, you are an inspiration to all women in our industry and in general . You deserved that night! You and your daughter looked stunning and I couldnt help but smile the rest of the week after Brave won…. Of course after screaming and jumping on my couch while you walked to the stage haha… Congratulations to your win and your beautiful family 🙂

    • brendachapman

      I LOVE the screaming stories! 🙂 Thank you!! 🙂 xoxoxo

  • Sue

    For almost 3 decades I have been saying “everyone loves Brenda” and now the Academy has backed me up with proof. So no more telling me to hush, Brenda! You put yourself into this work which is why it is so loved. You are an Inspiration. Congratulations!

    • brendachapman

      I’m telling you, Sue, it was the lucky necklace I wore that night. I’ve always known you had magic powers – just like your great-grandmother. 🙂 Thank you, Sue. You were there in the beginning – I haven’t forgotten. We had fun, didn’t we? 🙂

  • It was so great to see Brave win. It was truly a beautiful film with great characters, a great story, great visuals and music, everything about it was amazing and you deserved the Oscar! And thank you for sharing the whole experience with your fans here on your blog, and thank you for giving the world such a wonderful film.

    • brendachapman

      Thank you!!! I’m so glad you liked the movie. 🙂

  • I am so pleased to hear this kind of thing humbles you, Brenda – some might feel entitled to t kind of attention. But rather than focusing on your own special-ness of, you seem to focus mroe on helping others feel special. I can see this from the way you’ve treated me and others through this blog. I was also super inspired when reading the Art of Brave as you saw potential in others and enabled them to step into an unfamiliar role and shine (Matt Nolte, etc.)! I hope to do the same kind of people building work when I break back into the industry. After all, people builders know the greatest people … and some of them win Oscars. 😉

  • Last year I missed Brave but I was determined to watch it and tonight I finally did, it was beautifully done! Love how the story revolves around mother-daughter conflicts and while teaching us to really ‘listen’ to one another, learn to be brave and choose our own destiny. As a parent, this story touches my heart; of course, with laughers too, so much fun! Thank you Brenda, you and your team did a brilliant work. Your daughter must be proud of you! Both of you look great in blue. 🙂

    Looking forward to your next project. Keep us all posted! Congrats again.

    • brendachapman

      Thank you very much. 🙂

  • You really deserved to win, Brenda and I knew you were going to win. To me Brave is the best movie ever. It’s just perfect in every way. Congratulations!!

    • brendachapman

      You are very kind! Thank you so much!

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  • DanaVFX

    I had no doubt at all this film would win. It was by far the best thing to hit the theaters in years. I have a few friends at Pixar from some low level tech work I did a few years back. They agree this is truly a Pixar gem; the kind of movie I would have wanted decorating my lunchbox as a kid. Places where archery is taught had a spike in enrollment from girls over that Summer. Some of the archery teachers were even puzzled by it! (heheh). Yeah, it broke the mold. My sister really loved it too (we’re both just big kids, after all). So glad to see a woman direct something so positive and uplifting for independent minded young girls. This is in a class by itself.

    • Brenda Chapman

      Thank you so much! Love the spike in archery lessons! 🙂 I’m so glad you liked the movie… It’s done what I’d hoped. Thanks, again!

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