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With "Soul," Minnesota's Pete Docter takes home third Golden Globe

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Producer Dana Murray and co-director/Bloomington native Pete Docter appeared via video to accept their award.  NBC on YouTube

We wouldn't be a Minnesota publication if we didn't jump on every opportunity to bring you the latest on the achievements of people who are either from, or lived in (however briefly), the Land of 10,000 lakes.

Minnesota's most recent claim to fame happened this weekend with Pixar's "Soul" winning the Golden Globe ward for best animated feature. Both co-directors have Minnesota ties.

For Bloomington native Pete Docter, the achievement marks his third Golden Globe. He previously was recognized for "Up" and "Inside Out."

Co-director Kemp Powers – who also wrote the screenplay – became the first debut Black filmmaker to take home a Golden Globe, the Baltimore Sun reports. A Brooklyn native, Powers started his career in Minnesota writing for the City Pages and Guthrie Theater, MPR News reported in December.

"Little did we know that in making a film about jazz that jazz would teach us so much about life," Docter said in his Zoom acceptance speech. "We can't always control what goes on the world but like a good jazz musician, we can try to turn that into something beautiful."

"Being able to tell a universal tale that explored the meaning of life through a Black man's experience was a special honor," Powers said in his speech.

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