Gaithersburg Native Wins Oscar for ‘Encanto’

Director and writer Jared Bush, a Gaithersburg native and Quince Orchard High School alumnus, won the Academy Award on Sunday for the Disney movie Encanto.

The movie won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, beating out Flee, The Mitchells vs. the Machines and two other Disney animated features Luca and Raya and the Last Dragon.

Mayor Jud Ashman congratulated Bush on Twitter:


Bush, 48, said he was thankful and glad to celebrated along with La Familia Madrigal. The film itself centres on the Madrigals – a family who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia in a charmed place called the Encanto.

Bush also co-wrote and co-directed Zootopia and wrote Moana.

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