Hair Love

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Hair Love is a 2019 American animated short film written, produced, and directed by Matthew A. Cherry. It follows the story of a man who must do his daughter's hair for the first time. The film was produced after a 2017 Kickstarter campaign, and was also released as a children's book in May 2019, with illustrations by Vashti Harrison. Hair Love received a nomination for Best Animated Short Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.[1]


In 2017, Cherry created a Kickstarter campaign for a short animated film called Hair Love. The film is about an African American dad who is attempting to style his young daughter Zuri's hair for the first time.[2] The campaign surpassed its initial goal of $75,000 and raised over $300,000. According to Kickstarter, that exceeds the amount raised by any other short film project on the platform.[2] He co-directed the film with Everett Downing and Bruce W. Smith, with Peter Ramsey and Pixar animator Frank Abney serving as executive producers.[3]


On March 20, 2019, Sony Pictures Animation announced that they had picked up Hair Love, which was slated to be released theatrically later that year.[2] The film was also adapted into a children's book by Dial Books, written by Cherry and illustrated by artist Vashti Harrison, which was released on May 14, 2019.[4] The book was on the New York Times Book Review Children's Best Sellers list.[5] The film was shown in theaters alongside The Angry Birds Movie 2 on August 14, 2019,[6] and was later uploaded to YouTube four months later on December 5.[7]


List of awards and nominations
Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
Academy Awards February 9, 2020 Best Animated Short Film Matthew A. Cherry Pending [8]


  1. ^ Yahr, Emily (2020-01-13). "Oscar nominations 2020: 'Joker' leads with 11; Greta Gerwig snubbed for best director; complete list of nominees". Washington Post. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  2. ^ a b c Patten, Dominic; Patten, Dominic (2019-03-20). "Sony Animation Picks Up 'Hair Love' Short From 'BlacKkKlansman' EP Matthew A. Cherry". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  3. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (August 11, 2019). "Lion Forge Animation Debuts with 'Hair Love' Partnership". Animation Magazine. Retrieved December 5, 2019.
  4. ^ HAIR LOVE by Matthew A. Cherry , Vashti Harrison | Kirkus Reviews.
  5. ^ "Children's Picture Books - Best Sellers - The New York Times". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-05-30.
  6. ^ "Viral animated short Hair Love to make theatrical debut with Angry Birds Movie 2". August 5, 2019.
  7. ^ Seigh, Steve (December 5, 2019). "Sony's new Hair Love animated short is a heart-breaking ode to parenting". Retrieved December 5, 2019.
  8. ^ "Oscar Nominations 2020 Announcement Date & Time". Oscars. Retrieved 13 January 2020.

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