Coco movie
The Disney/Pixar animated feature “Coco” has been touted as the entertainment giant’s love song to Mexico. Photo: Disney/Pixar

The Academy Award-nominated films “Lady Bird,” “Coco” and “The Boss Baby” were saluted Tuesday at Los Angeles City Hall for winning the seventh annual Made in Hollywood Honors.

Producers and others associated with the films were on hand for the event, which was hosted by City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell.

“While production decision-makers have choices on where to film their motion pictures, there’s simply no substitute for filming in Hollywood and in Los Angeles and in California,” O’Farrell said. “In addition to benefiting from the best talent, production infrastructure, locations and weather, California-based projects also create quality middle-class jobs. They strengthen our state’s economy and help preserve our signature industry.”

The awards honor TV shows and films made in California as a way to encourage local production. The MIHH is co-sponsored by O’Farrell, SAG-AFTRA, Film L.A., the California Film Commission, Teamsters Local 399, the Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund, the Producers Guild of America, and 1600 VINE.

“We shot entirely in Los Angeles and Sacramento and were able to take advantage of our unique architecture, our beautiful light and our incredible crew bases,” said Alex Scott, a line producer for “Lady Bird,” which is about a teen girl growing up in Sacramento. “We are proud to say that we employed over 1,000 local residents in our little movie and created a portrait of a quintessentially Californian locale that frankly has been underrepresented in cinema. We’re proud and grateful for this recognition.”

Since the MIHH was established in 2011, five of the honorees have gone on to win Oscars for Best Picture or Best Animated Feature: “The Artist,” “Argo,” “Frozen,” “Big Hero 6” and “Inside Out.”

In the summer, the Made in Hollywood Honors also recognize Emmy- nominated television productions made in California.

—City News Service

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