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Filipino creatives part of films nominated for Academy Awards

Several Filipino creatives have been nominated in the upcoming 91st Academy Awards for their work in several Hollywood films.

Filipino-American Cinematographer Matthew Libatique is nominated for Best Cinematography for his work in “A Star is Born,” featuring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut.

Libatique was also nominated for the same category in the recently concluded Critics’ Choice Awards, but was bested by Alfonso Cuaron of the film “Roma.”

In 2011, Libatique was first nominated for an Oscar for his work in “Black Swan.”


Animated Milestones

Disney’s “Ralph Breaks The Internet,” another film who had Filipinos on board its creative team, is nominated in the Best Animated Feature category.

One of its story writers is Josie Trinidad, and its special effects team was headed by Cesar Velasquez.

Also nominated in the same category is “Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse,” where Filipino-American Hailee Steinfeld voices Spider-Gwen, one of the main characters.

Three Filipinos also formed part of its animation team: Louie del Carmen, Ryan Rubi and John Butiu.

Meanwhile, in the Best Animated Short Film category, two works by Filipinos are also nominated – “One Small Step,” co-directed by Bobby Pontillas, and “Weekends” by Trevor Jimenez.

The 91st Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, will be held at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California on February 24.

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