You Might've Missed the Fil-Am Who Just Set a Bunch of Hollywood Records at the Oscars
We’ve previously lamented the fact that no Filipino film has yet won nor been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, despite our many submissions. But through the years, there have been a few Filipino-Americans and persons of Filipino descent who have been nominated by the Academy.
The most decorated of them is songwriter Robert Lopez, whose composition “Remember Me” for the Pixar movie Coco won the Oscar for Best Original Song at the 90th Academy Awards just yesterday. Lopez is one of Hollywood’s more recognized songwriters, and is part Filipino on his father’s side.
Apart from giving him the high honor of the award itself, Lopez’s win for “Remember Me” also made him the world’s first double-EGOT, which means he’s the first person to claim every major show-business award in Hollywood—an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony—more than once. He also happens to be the youngest EGOT winner, as he was just 39 years old when he first completed the sweep in 2014; and the fastest to have achieved the honor, as he won all four within a span of just 10 years.
All in all, Lopez has won two Daytime Emmys (for songs in the children’s TV series Wonder Pets), three Grammys (two for Frozen and one for Book of Mormon), two Oscars (for “Let It Go” from Frozen and “Remember Me” from Coco), and three Tonys (score for Avenue Q, book and score for Book of Mormon).
There are only 12 people who have managed to achieve EGOT status. Famous ones include Whoopi Goldberg, Audrey Hepburn, and producer Scott Rudin. The person who is next closest to a double-EGOT is the late Marvin Hamlisch, who would’ve only needed one more Tony Award to get it.