3 Pinoys win Oscar short film


Posted at Feb 28 2011 11:30 AM | Updated as of Mar 01 2011 03:24 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE 3) - Three Filipino-American producers made Oscar history on Sunday after their short film "God of Love" won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.

Stefanie Walmsley, Stephen Dypiangco and Gigi Dement produced the 18-minute short film by New York filmmaker Luke Matheny about an expert dart-thrower looking for love.

Walmsley and Dement are credited as producers of the film, along with Ryan Silbert. Dypiangco is the producer of marketing and distribution of the short film.

Producer Walmsley used to be a child star in the Philippines and had acted in a Star Cinema film recently.

Before the awards night, Walmsley told ABS-CBN North America News Bureau: "It's completely surreal as can be imagined. I literally feel that I might just wake up and none of this is real."

She added: "Can you imagine having to promise somebody that you're gonna one day make it to the Oscars? Of course you feel like if it's ever gonna happen, but my father was sure. The day before he passed, he was even showing the nurse my picture and saying 'don't forget her face, she'll be in the Oscars one day.'"

Other Pinoys were also nominated in the 83rd Annual Academy Awards but lost.

Cinematographer Matthew Libatique was nominated for his work in the dark drama "Black Swan" while 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld was nominated in the best supporting actress category for her role in "True Grit."

Wally Pfister won the Oscar for Best Cinematography for the movie "Inception" while Melissa Leo won the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in "The Fighter."

The other winners are:

Art Direction: "Alice in Wonderland."

Animated Short Film: "The Lost Thing."

Animated Feature Film: "Toy Story 3."

Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, "The Social Network."

Original Screenplay: David Seidler, "The King's Speech."

Foreign Language: "In a Better World," Denmark.

Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, "The Fighter."

Original Score: "The Social Network," Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Sound Mixing: "Inception."

Sound Editing: "Inception."

Makeup: "The Wolfman."

Costume Design: "Alice in Wonderland."

Documentary (short subject): "Strangers No More."

Documentary Feature: "Inside Job."

Visual Effects: "Inception."

Film Editing: "The Social Network."

Original Song: "We Belong Together" from "Toy Story 3," Randy Newman.

Directing: Tom Hooper, "The King's Speech."

Actor: Colin Firth, "The King's Speech."

Actress: Natalie Portman, "Black Swan"

Picture: "The King's Speech"
 -- With a report from Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau