Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez win for their song "Let It Go", best original song for the film "Frozen" at the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood, California. Photo by Lucy Nicholson, Reuters
Fil-Am composer to hold benefit show for 'Yolanda' survivors
HOLLYWOOD, California – "Frozen" composer Robert Lopez, who won Best Song at the 86th Academy Awards on Monday (Manila time) for the hit "Let It Go," dedicated his victory to fellow Filipinos.
"Thanks, Filipinos! Pinoy pride!" Lopez told ABS-CBN North America News Bureau shortly after winning his award. “I just want them to know that it doesn't matter what you look like, doesn't matter where you're from, if you work hard and pursue your dream, it can happen."
Lopez and his wife and co-writer, Kristen Anderson Lopez, also thanked their children in their speech for the inspiration in creating “Let It Go.”
This month, the couple will hold a benefit show for typhoon “Yolanda” victims.
Lopez is now the youngest award-winner in four of the most prestigious award-giving bodies in the United States -- the Emmys, Grammys, Oscars and Tony Awards.
"Let It Go" is a worldwide hit and Robert said he is excited to hear its Tagalog version.
Meanwhile, “Frozen” co-director Jennifer Lee, who received the Best Animated Film award for the movie, said she was honored to be wearing a design by Filipino Oliver Tolentino.
"I'm so honored to be wearing this. His talent is beyond belief and he's so lovely to work with," she said.
"Tayong mga Pilipino, gusto nating gawain lahat para mag-serve tayo as inspiration to the other designers, too,” Tolentino said. “Kasi alam ko lahat ng mga designers yan din ang inaasam-asam."
In total, 24 individuals and groups won trophies at the 2014 Oscars. Among the big winners were “Gravity,” “12 Years a Slave” and “Dallas Buyers Club.”