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The Oscars 2013: Scottish movie Brave makes it a clean sweep of the big three movie prizes
BRAVE made it a night to remember for Scotland today - adding an Oscar to the Golden Globe and BAFTA already in the bag for best animated film.
The Disney-Pixar production won an Academy Award for best animated feature film at the star-studded ceremony in Los Angeles.
It beat tough competition from Frankenweenie, ParaNorman, The Pirates! Band Of Misfits, and Wreck-It Ralph.
Brave, which hit cinemas last year, tells the story of headstrong Highland princess Merida. It is set in a pre-historic kingdom where magic holds sway in the forests.
A host of Scottish talent provides the voices, including Kelly Macdonald, Robbie Coltrane, Billy Connolly and Craig Ferguson.
Brave had previously won a BAFTA for best animated film and the same award at the Golden Globes .
Director Mark Andrews, wearing a kilt to the Oscars, said: "Making these things is a struggle. It's a huge organic process and a delicate process along every step of the way.
"Hopefully by the end, you have something really special and in Brave's case, I think we managed to pull that off."
First Minister Alex Salmond hailed the success of the film, saying: "To win the Oscar for best animated film is a massive achievement to add to the well-deserved recognition already gained in the same category at the Baftas and Golden Globes earlier this year.
"Mark Andrews' wonderful depiction of Scotland continues to bring excitement and delight to those who see it and I am certain that winning the top prize in the movie business will now mean it is seen and enjoyed by even more people right across the world."
Brave topped the US box office on its June release, taking in an estimated £42million on its opening weekend.
At an Academy Awards event on Thursday night honouring the animated feature film nominees, Brave director Mark Andrews said: "I think this year with these films – and so many more – the envelope for animation is being pushed.
"We keep seeing more risky, deep films that we wouldn't have seen 10 years ago coming out. I want to be one of those guys pushing it more and more and more because it's not only an awesome medium but there's so many more stories that we can tell."