Oscars 2013: Brenda Chapman's 'Brave' Win a Vindication After Being Fired From the Project

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Chapman shared the win for best animated feature with Mark Andrews, who took over directing the Pixar movie upon her exit.

In a fairy-tale ending, director Brenda Chapman took the stage at the Academy Awards on Sunday to accept the Oscar for best animated feature for Pixar's Brave -- a project she was fired from in early 2011 over creative differences.

Chapman shared the win with Mark Andrews, who took over directing duties upon Chapman's exit. She had worked on Brave for eight years.

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"It is absolutely a vindication," Chapman said backstage, flanked by Andrews (who wore a green kilt).

"I wanted to honor her when I came on board," Andrews said.

Chiming in, Chapman said, "I very much feel he did."

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Brave's win, in and of itself, was a major upset and continues Pixar's dazzling Oscar run. Many considered Wreck-It-Ralph -- from sister Pixar company Disney Animation Studios -- to be a front-runner along with Tim Burton's Frankenweenie.

Brave's win marks the seventh time that a Pixar film has won the Academy Award for best animated feature (the category was created a decade ago).