The animated movie tells the story of a man who loves books, how they bring adventure and color into his life, and how he then leaves his own great story behind.
"We're just these two like swamp rats from Louisiana, and this is incredibly grand," said writer-director and Shreveport native William Joyce upon winning the Oscar. "We love the movies, we love the movies more than anything, and it's been part of our lives since we were both kids."
"It's been a part of our DNA since we were children and it's made us storytellers," added Co-Director Brandon Oldenburg.
"Morris Lessmore" competed against fellow Oscar nominees "Dimanche," "La Luna," "A Morning Stroll" and "Wild Life."
This is the first Academy Award and nomination for the Shreveport-based film studio, and "Morris Lessmore" is their first animated release.
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Michael Lawrence Tyler, a 46-year-old New Orleans-based rapper who goes by the name Mystikal, was booked Aug. 21 into Caddo Correctional Center on a charge of first-degree rape. (Source: Semmie Buffin/KSLA News 12)
He said he turned himself in "to get this business reconciled, get this behind me, man."