Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez [via Yahoo! Philippines]
Filipino-American composer Robert Lopez made many Filipinos proud when “Let It Go,” the song he penned for the popular Disney movie “Frozen,” won Best Original Song during the 86th Academy Awards.
With the recognition, the 39-year-old Lopez, who won along with wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, joins the so-called EGOT club — an elite circle of people who have won all four major annual entertainment awards: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
He is the circle’s 12th and youngest member, according to reports. Lopez won a Tony in 2004 for best original score for “Avenue Q.” He also has two Daytime Emmy Awards, in 2008 and 2010, for outstanding achievement in music direction and composition for “The Wonder Pets.”
In 2011, he won two Tonys for best book of a musical and best original score. A year later, he won a Grammy for best musical theater album for “The Book of Mormon.”
Other notable EGOT members are Audrey Hepburn, Whoopi Goldberg, and Scott Rudin.
Earlier in the ceremony, “Frozen,” a story about a bond between two royal sisters in an icy Scandinavian kingdom, took home the award for Best Animated Feature Film.
In an interview with the LA Times, Lopez credits his involvement in the movie “Frozen” to his wife.
“I think part of the reason they wanted us was because of her,” he said, referring to Kristen. “She has this great head for story. I think they wanted ‘Frozen’ to benefit from her story talent and our musical instincts.”
The musical soundtrack and hit anthem “Let It Go” by Idina Menzel have sold more than 1 million copies each and inspired thousands of YouTube videos by young girls singing the tune.
In an interview with Time days before the Academy Awards, Lopez said “Let It Go” has become his “biggest surprise” and “biggest joy.”
“In our wildest dreams, somewhere in the past, you kind of dream about maybe getting an award. What you don’t dream about is having a song like this that touches so many people. That’s been the biggest surprise and the biggest joy. We have our reward every day on YouTube,” he said.
(Story courtesy of GMA News)