Watu Wote had been nominated for an Oscar for the Best Live Action Short Film category
In a tweet shared on his page, Mr. Kenyatta lauded the crew for making the country proud and setting the bar high for other creative artistes.
The film had been nominated for an Oscar for the Best Live Action Short Film category. The award instead went to The Silent Child, a film set in rural England about the life of a deaf four-year-old girl.
Watu Wote was based on a true story where Muslim passengers in a bus shielded their non-muslim counterparts from an attack by Al-Shabaab militants as they were travelling to Mandera from Nairobi in December 2015.
Apart from the winning film, the Kenyan Oscar entry was battling it out with DeKalb Elementary, The Eleven O’Clock and My Nephew Emmett.
Kenya’s superstar Lupita Nyong’o made an appearance on stage alongside Pakistani-American stand-up comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani to award the Best Production Design.
While making a case for immigrants, the Black Panther star received wild applause when she announced that “I’m from Kenya”.
“Like everyone in this room and everyone watching at home we are dreamers. We grew up dreaming of one day working in the movies. Dreams are the foundations of Hollywood and dreams are the foundation of America,” she said.
Lupita is the only Kenyan who has ever won an Oscar so far, having scooped it under the Best Supporting Actress category for her role in 12 Years a Slave in 2014.