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Lopez, Robert and Kristen Anderson-Lopez Accept Oscar for Remember Me
Robert Lopez accepts his second Oscar for Best Original Song with Kristen Anderson-Lopez for Cocoa’s Remember Me

 

 

Remember Me, a song from Disney-Pixar’s Coco, won the Best Song Oscar for songwriters Robert Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

Lopez won an Oscar for Let It Go from Frozen as Best Song in 2014, becoming the first Filipino American to do so.

Lopez won his second Oscar Sunday (March 4) for the song Remember Me from the animated feature Coco. Lopez is also part of a select group who has won an Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Oscar. In fact, according to the Sun Star, Lopez is the only person in the world to win a double EGOT. He’s won each prestigious award at least twice.

Robert Lopez and wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez spend time with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda
Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez enjoy a moment with Hamilton Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda (ABC/Eric McCandless)

 

There was a conspicuous absence of Asian Americans at the annual glamorfest and celebration of movies.

 

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Kazuhiro Tsuji, who accepted the award for Makeup and Hairstyling for his work in The Darkest Hour, was the only other Asian given an Oscar. He was talked out of retirement by Darkest Hour star Gary Oldman who said he would not take the role as Winston Churchill unless Tsuji did his make up.

Paul Denham Austerberry, who is hapa Asian Canadian , won for Production Design for his work on The Shape of Water.

 

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Kumail Nanjiani didn’t win. He was nominated for Best Original Screenplay with his wife Emily V. Gordon for their work on The Big Sick. The Oscar in this category went to Get Out writer and director Jordan Peele.

KUMAIL NANJIANI, PAUL D. AUSTERBERRY, JEFFREY A. MELVIN, SHANE VIEAU
THE OSCARS(r) – The 90th Oscars(r) broadcasts live on Oscar(r) SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre¨ at Hollywood & Highland Center¨ in Hollywood, on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Eric McCandless)
KUMAIL NANJIANI, PAUL D. AUSTERBERRY, JEFFREY A. MELVIN, SHANE VIEAU
The film on a Chinese American banking family in Abacus was nominated for Best Documentary but lost to Icarus.
 
Also nominated in their categories were: Ru Kuwahata for Negative Space in Best Animated short and producer Ramsay Naito for Boss Baby in Best Animated Feature.
Lopez’s Remember Me was widely favored to win, as the song plays a key role in the narrative about a Mexican boy who travels to the Land of the Dead to learn the truth about a famous musician who may be his ancestor.
Upon accepting the award Kristen Anderson-Lopez pointed out that the Best Song category had almost equal representation between men and women and that all the categories should have the same gender representation.
For a complete list of Oscar winners, click here.
ADRIAN MOLINA, GAEL GARCIA BERNAL, ANTHONY GONZALEZ, DARLA K ANDERSON, KELLY MARIE TRAN, MARK HAMILL
THE OSCARS(r) – The 90th Oscars(r) broadcasts live on Oscar(r) SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Eric McCandless)
ADRIAN MOLINA, GAEL GARCIA BERNAL, ANTHONY GONZALEZ, DARLA K ANDERSON, KELLY MARIE TRAN, MARK HAMILL

(Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story omitted the win by Austerberry. We regret the oversight. )

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