Robert Lopez wins Best Original Song Oscar, sends love to Philippines

It was a history-making night for Robert Lopez who, along with wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, won his first Academy Award Sunday night.

The Filipino-American composer, best known for composing music for Tony-award winning musicals “Avenue Q” and “The Book of Mormon,” won Best Original Song for the song “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen,” making him the first Filipino-American to win an Oscar, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

“Pinoy Pride! I am so excited,” Lopez told GMA News. “I’m just sending love to the Philippines. I know they’ve had a tough year and I just send out my feelings to them.”

Robert Lopez and wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez accepting their award for Best Original Song. Photo credit: Variety.

With his Oscar win, Lopez joins the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Scott Rudin, Whoopi Goldberg and Rita Moreno to become the 12th person to win an EGOT—that is, an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

Furthermore, Lopez, 39, has also become the youngest person to achieve this distinct honor—winning all his awards within a decade.

Not bad for someone who, growing up part-Filipino, has “always been trying to figure out who he is, what his place is,” Anderson-Lopez told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

With impressive company by his side, it’s a pretty good place to be in.

 

Here’s a rundown of Lopez’ EGOT awards:

Daytime Emmy Awards

Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition: “The Wonder Pets” (2008 and 2010)

Grammy Awards

Best Musical Theater Album: “The Book of Mormon” (2008)

Academy Awards

Best Original Song: “Let It Go,” Disney’s “Frozen” (2013)

Tony Awards

Best Original Score: “Avenue Q” (2004) and “The Book of Mormon” (2008)

Best Book of a Musical: “The Book of Mormon” (2008).

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