Former University of Akron football player Matthew A. Cherry wins Oscar for ‘Hair Love’

Former University of Akron football player Matthew A. Cherry wins Oscar for ‘Hair Love’
Matthew A. Cherry, left, and Karen Rupert Toliver, winners of the award for best animated short film for "Hair Love", pose in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) (Source: Jordan Strauss)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - From the bright lights under the football field to the bright lights of Hollywood, former University of Akron football player Matthew A. Cherry wins Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for “Hair Love.”

Cherry predicted this moment eight years ago:

Here is Cherry with his full speech:

The University of Akron Football Twitter account tweeted its congratulations out.

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