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Filipino nominees enjoyed their Oscar experience

By Inquirer — 8.03.2019

LOS ANGELES—“Academy Award consideration was the furthest thing from my mind at the onset of making ‘A Star Is Born,’” said Matthew Libatique, cinematographer of the acclaimed Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga film and one of three nominees of Filipino heritage in the 91st Academy Awards.

Matthew, along with Bobby Pontillas and Trevor Jimenez, enjoyed their experience leading up to the Oscars show last Sunday in Hollywood.

“Upon our first meeting, we quickly agreed that for the film to be successful, we had to focus on the love story,” Matthew described his collaboration with Bradley Cooper, who decided to tap the Filipino-American DP for his directorial debut.

The result was a second Oscar best cinematography nod for Matthew who earned his first Academy citation for Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan.”

Photo Credit: Sthanlee B. Mirador

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