Best Motion Picture, Animated
BEST MOTION PICTURE, ANIMATED
“SPIDER‑MAN: INTO THE SPIDER‑VERSE”
PHIL LORD: Okay. We’re in an alternate universe where we win this. Thank you HFPA for recognizing such an unusual movie. This is ridiculous. Look at all these people, collaboration amongst many filmmakers, starting with our directors, Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman.
CHRIS MILLER: Christina Steinberg, Amy and Avi, who started this whole thing with us.
PHIL LORD: Our patron *Tom Rothman, *Christine Belson, Pam Marsden*, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. We started this ‑‑ Brian Bendis, Sara Pichelli.
CHRIS MILLER: Everybody in the awesome cast, including Mahershala, who’s here, I am told.
PHIL LORD: There are 800 other filmmakers around the world who did this. Thank you guys so much. To our loved ones, we love you.
The directors want to say one last thing.
CHRIS MILLER: And I love you, mom.
PETER RAMSEY: Hey, everybody. Thank you so much. We were trying to make a movie that spoke to the idea that anybody could be behind the mask. We’re telling the story of Miles Morales, a kid from Brooklyn, African‑American, Puerto Rican. Anybody can be behind the mask. We’re counting on you. You can do it.
UNKNOWN SPEAKER: Thank you, Shameik.
PETER RAMSEY: Thank you, Shameik Moore, all of our cast.
UNKNOWN SPEAKER: Thank you.
Q. What was your favorite part of this project?
MR. PERSICHETTI: I think our favorite part was finding a voice for Miles Morales and with Shameik Moore as the actor and creating something that could stand up to Peter Parker but also be unique and separate and different and be more representative of the world we live in today.
Q. People on Twitter seemed irritated that you were cut off while talking about diversity.
MR. RAMSEY: Well, that’s just the way it goes sometimes in Hollywood Land. I’m trying to remember what I was saying because I’m still so stunned that we won.
It was basically just the idea that, you know, we all felt deeply the idea that anyone can have this kind of experience and anyone can share in this myth and kind of legend, be this kind of hero, want these things. The story of Miles Morales was a way to crystallize all those feelings into one character, this, you know, African-American Puerto Rican kid from Brooklyn.
We all started with this fantastic vision that Phil Lord laid out from his very first treatment, really a vision of what this movie could be was there. And I think that’s what made us all sign on and wanted to give our all to the idea.
So just like Phil wrote in the little mission statement that we all read in that treatment, anyone can wear the mask.
Everyone is powerful. Everyone’s necessary. We’re all counting on you. That’s the spirit of this movie. And it really touches and moves all of us that people are taking that message to heart.
Q. How long did it take to make this movie? And was it a coincidence that both Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Black Panther came out at the same year?
MR. MILLER: It is a coincidence. We started with Amy four years ago, and it was a four-year journey. Back then Black Panther was just a name on a —
MR. PERSICHETTI: I think it was just a wild animal.
MR. MILLER: Yeah. But there’s a long and arduous process, but the coolest part about it was that it was a real collaboration of a bunch of really talented people. And this is only just a small representative of the many, many talented filmmakers and artists that worked on making this thing very special, something unique.
MR. PERSICHETTI: We had a crew of almost, what, 800 people put their hands on this movie, and I think you can see it on every frame.