‘Coco’ Songwriter Robert Lopez Becomes First-Ever Double EGOT Winner


“Coco” songwriter Robert Lopez didn’t only win the Oscar for Best Original Song on Sunday, but he also became a double EGOT last night as well.

Last night’s achievement, shared with his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, made him become the first-ever double EGOT winner in history. When he first achieved EGOT status, Lopez was already the youngest person to do so at age 39.

Lopez previously won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2014 for “Let It Go” in “Frozen.” He also has two Daytime Emmys (for “Wonder Pets), three Grammys (for “Book of Mormon,” the “Frozen” soundtrack and “Let It Go”) and three Tonys (two for “Book of Mormon” and one for “Avenue Q”).

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“Coco” also won Best Animated Feature Film at Sunday’s awards show.

Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina directed the film that follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who is transported to the Land of the Dead to find his deceased musician great-great-grandfather before he is forgotten by his family.

Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renee Victor and Edward James Olmos star in the film that has also won a Golden Globe, a Critics Choice Award, a BAFTA Award, and multiple Annie Awards.

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Lopez’s reps have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

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‘Coco’ Director: ‘Marginalized People Deserve to Feel Like They Belong’


While accepting the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, “Coco” director Lee Unkrich said he genuinely tried to change the world with his film.

“With ‘Coco,’ we tried to take a step forward toward a world where all children can grow up seeing characters in movies that look and talk and live like they do” Unkrich said. “Marginalized people deserve to feel like they belong. Representation matters.”

Producer Darla K. Anderson echoed his sentiments. “‘Coco’ is proof that art can change and connect the world,” she said, “and this can only be done when we have a place for everyone and anyone who feels like an ‘other’ to be heard.”

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The film follows a 12-year-old Mexican boy named Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), who yearns to follow in the footsteps of the legendary musician Ernesto De La Cruz (Benjamin Bratt) despite the protests of his grandmother (Renee Victor), who bans music in the family. During Dia De Muertos, Miguel sneaks into the church where Ernesto’s guitar is located and is transported to the Land of the Dead, where he meets his ancestors and a trickster named Hector Rivera (Gael Garcia Bernal). As he tries to find a way back to the land of the living, he uncovers why his family is forbidden to play music.

Co-Director Adrian Molina, who was not eligible to be named as part of the winning team because the Academy rules allow only one director and one producer to be named, said, “Love and thanks to my family, my Latino community, to my husband Ryan. Each for expanding my sense of what it means to be proud of who you are and where you’re from. We hope the same thing for everyone who connected with this film.”

Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”) and Adrian Molina directed the film from a script written by Molina and Matthew Aldritch.

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‘Coco’ Soars to $2.3 Million at Tuesday Box Office


Disney Pixar’s “Coco” earned $2.3 million at the Tuesday box office.

The preview numbers for “Coco” compare well to those for “Moana” ($2.6 million), “The Good Dinosaur” ($1.3 million) and “Frozen” ($1.2 million).

Coco,” which has already become Mexico’s highest grossing film of all time with more than $43 million grossed since its release at the end of October, is projected to have a five-day opening of $55-60 million. By comparison, Pixar’s last Thanksgiving release, “The Good Dinosaur,” had a five-day start of $55.4 million in 2015 and a $123 million run, while Disney’s “Moana” had a five-day opening of $82 million last year en route to a $248.7 million domestic cume.

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Audience hype around “Coco” hasn’t been very big, but critics have been raving about the film’s emotional depth and commitment to its faithful depiction of Mexican culture, giving it a 95 percent “fresh” score on Rotten Tomatoes.

“Coco” follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel, whose yearning to escape his family’s ban on playing music leads him on a voyage to the Land of the Dead. The film stars Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Renee Victor and Alanna Ubach. Adrian Molina directed the film with Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”) and co-wrote the script with Matthew Aldrich.

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Also opening this holiday weekend are “Darkest Hour,” “The Man Who Invented Christmas,” “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” and “Call Me by Your Name.”

“Justice League,” which was released last week, will enter Thanksgiving weekend trying to avoid the heavy second weekend drop-off suffered by “Batman v Superman.” That film had an opening of $166 million, the second highest of 2016 behind only “Captain America: Civil War” ($179.1 million). But after poor word of mouth spread from early audiences, second weekend totals dropped 69 percent to $51 million.

While “Justice League” holds a score of 41 percent on Rotten Tomatoes from critics, 84 percent of the audience liked it, according to the site, which might decrease its second week drop-off percentage.

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