BY: KRIS JOHN ENCOMIENDA
Today Filipinos are making hype not only in International Music and Entertainment industry but also in the International Film scene this time.
We all know that behind economical and political issues happening in our country today it is very unwinding and very refreshing to see our co-Filipinos achieving a lot of mark in different sides abroad.
In the annual celebration of The Academy Award, also known as the Oscar, recognition of excellence of professionals in the film industry, including directors, actors, and writers are being held at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California. The formal ceremony at which the awards are presented is one of the most prominent award ceremonies in the world and is televised live in more than 200 countries annually. This award giving body is equivalent to the Grammy Awards (for music), Emmy Awards (for television), and Tony Awards (for theatre).
During the star-studded Academy Awards Sunday night (Monday in Manila) Three Filipino-American producers of God of Love achieved an Oscar trophy for “Best Live Action Short Film”, an 18-minute short film about a lovestruck, lounge-singing darts champion finds his prayers are answered — literally — when he mysteriously receives a box of love-inducing darts.
The winners were, Stefanie Walmsley who is raised and born here in Manila, Philippines is a former co-host of longest running noontime show, Eat Bulaga. Also is filmmaker Stephen Dypiangco, born and raised by Filipino parents in the US and New Yorker, Gigi Dement, a native of Baguio City. Their production is directed and by New York filmmaker and writer Luke Matheny.
Another two Filipino-American who got a nomination but did not make it to win an Oscar is Hailee Steinfeld, who is born in Tarzana, Los Angeles is nominated for Best Supporting Actress, who charmed the eye of fashion critics in the Red Carpet highlights in Oscars’ Shimmer and Shine, another one is Matthew Libatique, born in Elmhurst, Queens also nominated for Best Cinematographer for the Nathalie Portman movie, Black Swan.
This is another step for the Filipino races’ works and talents in different fields to be recognized in the Hollywood as we are all expecting lots of talented Filipinos to achieve many more graces and praises for the coming years.
SOURCES: oscar.go.com, wikipedia.com, mb.com.ph, inquirer.net, imdb.com