Brenda Chapman won for Best Animated Film. She directed "Brave," a film inspired by her daughter and others she knew growing up in Lincoln.
"What's exciting is that she did exceed so well but she's still just a great kind of small-town girl," said David Lanterman.
He grew up with Brenda Chapman. She graduated from Lincoln Community High School and Lincoln College. She then moved to California to start making movies. It's an honor everyone in the community is proud of.
"I almost had tears, for her and for her daughter cause it's really their story," said Debbie Ackerman.
She went to school with Chapman. Shortly after receiving her award, another Central Illinois filmmaker was recognized.
"I talked with him a couple of weeks ago. He didn't think he had much of a chance," said Graves.