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If you fell in love with the movie A Star is Born because of its story, talented actors, and exemplary cinematography, we’re giving you another reason to love the movie even more today. Did you know that one of the talented minds behind this hit film is a Fil-Am artist?

Dubbing himself as an “International Pinoy” on his Twitter account bio, Filipino-American Matthew Libatique is the director of photography of A Star is Born.

Working side-by-side with director/actor Bradley Cooper (in his directorial debut), Libatique’s unique cinematic style gained approving nods from different critics, and got him nominated in this year’s Academy Awards, or better known as the Oscars, for Best Cinematography.

This is not the first time the 50-year-old award-winning cinematographer has been nominated in the same category. In 2011, he received his first Oscar nod for the movie Black Swan.

Libatique, who earned his masters degree in cinematography at the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory, has collaborated with director Darren Aronofsky for the movies Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, Noah, and Mother!

To add to this long list, he also shot Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Cowboys & Aliens, Ruby Sparks, Straight Outta Compton, and most recently Venom. 

Today, Libatique already has 35 nominations and 12 awards. Hopefully, this coming February 24 (morning of the 25th in the Philippines), he will bag an Academy Award too. 

(With reports from Kristofer Purnell. Featured image from @sthanlee)


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