The lack of diversity has always been a focal point of the Oscars discussion.
This year, however, several highly-talented minority artists have received well-deserved nominations for their work — and among them, a few individuals of Filipino heritage.
Filipino-American Matthew Libatique, who worked as the director of photography in “A Star is Born” is nominated for best cinematography. This is his second Oscar nomination after “Black Swan” in 2011.
Meanwhile, two Filipinos were nominated in the best animated short category: Bobby Pontillas, who co-directed “One Small Step,” and Canadian-born Trevor Jimenez, who created “Weekends” based on his own childhood experiences.
“Ralph Breaks the Internet,” which got an Oscars nod in the animated feature film category, had Fil-Ams Josie Trinidad as its head of story and Cesar Velazquez, head of effects animation.
Another film under the same category, “Spider-verse,” also featured the talents and skills of Filipinos. Filipina-American Hailee Steinfeld voiced the lead female character in the movie, Gwen Stacy. Louie del Carmen, Ryan Rubi and John Butiu, meanwhile, were part of the movie’s animation team, according to ABS-CBN.
The Academy announced its 2019 Oscar nominations on January 22 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
The 91st annual Academy Awards, which will be held at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, will air live on Sunday, February 24, on ABC.