MANILA (Mabuhay) – Malacañang congratulated Filipino-American composer Robert Lopez and wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez for winning at the 86th Academy Awards held Sunday (Monday, Manila time) in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.
Lopez and his wife won the Best Original Song award for “Let It Go” which was used also in the Academy Awards winning best animated feature film, Disney Animation’s “Frozen.”
It beat song nominations “The Moon Song” from Her by Karen Orzolek and Spike Jonze, “Happy” from Despicable Me 2 by Pharrell Williams, and “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom by U2.
“We’re very, very happy that Robert Lopez, a Fil-Am, won the Oscar award,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a Palace press briefing.
“We certainly congratulate Robert Lopez and his wife for their collaboration in coming up with the song Let It Go,” he added.
Lopez had previously won the Tony Award for co-writing musicals Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon. Before winning an Academy award for “Let It Go,” the same song had also received numerous awards and nominations.
He is also the only Filipino-American to win an Academy award and the youngest one to be an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) awards winner at 39. (MNS)