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:
I don't know about you, but the headline for me at the #Oscars was Gaithersburg native @thejaredbush winning an Academy Award for writing & co-directing Encanto. Making us proud!!! 👏👏👏🌟 @GburgMD @comicriffs
— Jud Ashman (@judashman) March 28, 2022
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.
So much to be thankful for tonight, but the best was celebrating with La Familia Madrigal. Beyond grateful for all those who helped create #Encanto – and all the fans who found themselves in our story. We share this with you! ❤️ @DisneyAnimation @EncantoMovie #Oscar pic.twitter.com/kiU9eBO4Cu
— Jared Bush (@thejaredbush) March 28, 2022
Bush also co-wrote and co-directed Zootopia and wrote Moana.