Filipino and Filipino American artists will be recognized this Sunday at the 91st Academy Awards!  And, among the talent in front of, and behind-the-scenes in cinema, the nominees are...

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Cinematography -- 

MATTHEW LIBATIQUE for lensing Bradley Cooper's directorial debut film, "A Star Is Born" starring Cooper and Lady Gaga for Warner Brothers Studios. This is his second Academy Awards nomination since 2010's "Black Swan."​

Watch Libatique's interview with Janet R. Nepales via GMA News below.

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Costume Design --

Ruth E. Carter for "Black Panther."  ANTHONY FRANCISCO is the Visual Designer who worked on the 'Dora Milaje' costumes for the film.  RODNEY FUENTEBELLA is the Senior Concept Illustrator who worked on the the concept art for Killmonger, King T’Chaka and Ulysses Klaue for the film as well.  Both inspired and referred to Filipino tribal patterns. 

HONORABLE MENTION: "Black Panther" is the first superhero movie to be nominated for Best Picture for an Academy Award.

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film -- 

Sony Pictures' "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" with the voice of 'Gwen Stacy' by HAILEE STEINFELD (an Oscar nominee herself for her breakthrough role of 'Mattie Ross' in 2010's "True Grit") and with animators LOUIE DEL CARMEN, JOHN BUTIU and RYAN RUBI.

And, Walt Disney Studios' "Ralph Breaks The Internet," a story by JOSIE TRINIDAD and with the voice of 'Mo's Mom' by NICOLE SCHERZINGER.

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film --

"Weekends" by TREVOR JIMENEZ, a Storyboard Artist from Pixar.  He previously worked as a Story Artist at Walt Disney Animation Studios and its projects such as "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," "Rio," "The Lorax," "Finding Dory," "Coco" and the aforementioned Oscar nominee, "Ralph Breaks the Internet." He worked for Blue Sky Studios and was a Creative Consultant on the animated television series, "We Bare Bears" for the Cartoon Network.

And, "One Small Step" by BOBBY PONTILLAS, an Art Director for TAIKO Studios. He was a character designer and animator at Walt Disney Animation Studios. His list of projects include animated films such as "Wreck-It Ralph," "Rio" and "Frozen." He also worked for Blue Sky Studios. 

The 91st Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), will honor the Best Cinematic Films of 2018 when it takes place live at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California this Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 5pm Pacific Time on ABC.

Edwin A. Santos

From 1995 to 2000, Edwin was hired as Editor for the award-winning popular fansite, 'The Towne Cryer News on Renee Zellweger.' There, he reviewed her movies and wrote about the film business. He returned to blogging in 2015 as Online Press for FilAm Creative's blogsite until 2018. He wrote highlights, spotlights, op-eds and reviews about Filipino American talent in the Hollywood entertainment industry. His extensive and detailed interviews with Executive Story Editor and Writer of the CW’s "DC’s Legends of Tomorrow," Ray Utarnachitt, Film Producer Mark V. Lágrimas of the horror film, "They're Watching," professional wrestler Kris Wolf and other interviews were well received and shared with readers and genre fans alike. One of his op-eds titled, "Self Acceptance vs. Self Denial: This Is My Filipino American Story" went viral and was shared by many including Seattle's Filipino American National Historical Society and New York's "Asian American Life." Currently, he is Editor-In-Chief for the Filipino American Chamber of Commerce of Hollywood's monthly Arts Business Entertainment (ABE) Digital Magazine. He is also a SAG/AFTRA actor and an award-winning film producer.

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