Filipino animator Gini Cruz Santos wins Golden Globe for ‘Coco’

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Filipino and Filipino-American talents made a splash at the recent Golden Globe Awards in Hollywood.

 

Filipino Pixar supervising animator Gini Cruz Santos was a co-recipient of the 2018 Golden Globe for Best Animation Motion Picture for “Coco.”

“Coco” is the first Pixar film centered on a Mexican cultural festival. It bested other animated films in the Golden Globes, namely, “The Boss Baby,” “Ferdinand,” “Loving Vincent,” and “The Breadwinner.”

Santos said it took them about six years to create “Coco” as they have to travel back and forth to Mexico to for intensive research.

Filipino-American Robert “Bobby” Lopez and his wife and composing partner, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, were nominated in the Best Song category for their sentimental song “Remember Me” for “Coco.”

In an interview on the red carpet, Bobby Lopez said the song, “Remember Me,” was partly inspired by the memory of his Filipino paternal grandmother who passed away while he and Kristen were working on it.

Lopez, who takes pride in his Filipino roots, showed off his black tuxedo made from Philippine piña (pineapple) fabric and designed by Oliver Tolentino.

“What I’m wearing is my shout-out to the Philippines. I love it,” he said.

Also wearing an Oliver Tolentino outfit on the Golden Globes red carpet were columnist Ruben Nepales, the first Fil-Am board chair of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), and former Miss Universe and HFPA member Margaret Gardiner.

Multi-awarded journalist Janet Nepales worked the red carpet as HFPA’s first Fil-Am executive secretary in an elegant, one shoulder lavender gown designed by Puey Quiñones.

Also wearing a Quiñones creation was Fil-Am TV host and producer Jannelle So, who was stunning in a shimmering gold and black gown with a mermaid silhouette.

Quiñones, creative director of global bridal brand Cocomelody, has designed gowns for Hollywood A-listers Michelle Williams and Katy Perry.

“Descendants 2” actress Dove Cameron walked the red carpet in a chic black gown designed by Fil-Am designer Monique Lhuillier.

Other Fil-Ams and Filipinos attending the 2018 Golden Globe Awards included New York-based Edwin Josue and Jerry Sibal, leading supporters of Fil-Am arts and culture; publicist Rene Durian; Narciso Chan, president of Curve Entertainment Philippines; and former Philippine music and entertainment executive Flora Ramos and her husband, Marlo.

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