Oscar-winning Pixar short 'Piper' draws inspiration from the San Francisco Bay

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The Oscars ended with a surprise that nobody in the Dolby Theatre had anticipated. ABC News says the wrong envelope was given to Best Picture presenter Warren Beatty by a PricewaterhouseCoopers staffer who was distracted while taking pictures of Emma Stone backstage. (KGO-TV)

The Oscars ended with a surprise that nobody in the Dolby Theatre had anticipated. ABC News says the wrong envelope was given to Best Picture presenter Warren Beatty by a PricewaterhouseCoopers staffer who was distracted while taking pictures of Emma Stone backstage.

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Bay Area-based Pixar Studios won for Best Animated Short Film for "Piper" and they say the mood at the awards at the end of the ceremony was unreal. It was a dramatic end to what was already a great night.

Pixar's newest Oscar-winners say Sunday night's ceremony is mostly a blur. "You come in and out of consciousness, 'Oh that's really funny, Jimmy Kimmel.' And then you think, 'Wow, our category is coming up,'" said Director Alan Barillaro.

What they do remember vividly is the moment actor Gael Garcia Bernal opened the envelope and announced their film won.

Berillaro says "Piper," the story of a little bird, was inspired by his morning jobs along the bay.

"There are all these shore birds that fly in and run back and forth along the waves," said producer Marc Sondheimer.

The short film took three years to complete and their win adds to a growing list of Pixar's other award winners.

Sunday's Oscars ceremony was also a huge night for East Bay native Mahershala Ali. As a graduate of St. Mary's College in Moraga, one of his theater professors is hoping his win will help current students in their pursuits.

"There's nothing like success to persuade you, or to persuade parents," said professor Rebecca Engle.

Current students are excited about his win. "I feel really excited that now his legacy here will become more known," said theater student Kimiya. "And I know that inspires people to become part of this theater family we have at Saint Mary's.

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Ali's star is on the rise. Following the Oscars Calvin Klein released an advertisement campaign featuring the cast of "Moonlight."

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