Robert Lopez Wins Oscar® for “Original Song,” Becomes the First Asian American to EGOT

Credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez accept the Oscar® for the category Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original Song) for “Let It Go” during the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA Sunday, March 2, 2014. (Photo credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.)

Robert Lopez made history when he won the Oscar® for Music (Original Song) at the 86th Academy Awards® for writing the music and lyrics of “Let It Go” from “Frozen” (along with his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez).

Robert is only the twelfth person who has achieved an “EGOT” (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award) and he completed this achievement faster than anyone has previously done: in only ten years. He is also the youngest person to EGOT in competitive categories at the age of 39.

Robert is also Filipino American and thus, is the first Filipino American (and first Asian American) to achieve EGOT.

During his backstage interview, he was asked about his Filipino background:

Q. So, Robert, not only did you make history by joining a group of people who have won the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony but in the Philippines you just made history by being the first Philippine[sic] American to win an Oscar. So, your thoughts please.

A. (Robert Lopez) Filipino pride. I’m so excited. 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.

It must be pretty chaotic for the press that is working backstage, but I have comment about the question itself.

First, Robert Lopez made history everywhere (not just in the Philippines). Second, it’s “Filipino American” (and not Philippine American). Nitpicking aside, I’m glad that Robert acknowledges not only his Filipino background, but also that the Philippines have been hit hard in the past couple of years by terrible disasters. Kristen followed up, saying that they’ll be doing a benefit concert for the Philippines on March 12th, in New York City.

Congrats to Robert and Kristen for their Oscars®. (Cutest husband-wife acceptance speech/song ever!)

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