Husband-and-wife composers Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez received their second Academy Award for Best Original Song on Sunday.
The pair was awarded for the song “Remember Me” from Pixar’s “Coco.”
“Remember Me” plays a key role in the main story of the film about a Mexican boy who travels to the Land of the Dead to uncover the secrets of his idol, a musician who may be his ancestor.
“At its core, its a message of goodbye,” Anderson-Lopez told Deadline in a previous interview describing the song. “It could be taken many ways.”
“We knew we wanted to write one version that was big and uptempo and had a mariachi feel — they call it ranchero songs,” adds Lopez. “We did our best to get that sort of feel.”
The hauntingly beautiful ditty won against tough competition including Mary J. Blige’s “Mighty River” from “Mudbound;” Common and Diane Warren’s “Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall;” Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s “This Is Me” from “The Greatest Showman;” and Sufjan Stevens’ “Mystery of Love” from “Call Me by Your Name.”
Last year, the New York-based composing couple also won the Oscar for Best Original Song for the memorable “Let It Go” from the Disney hit “Frozen.”
In their acceptance speech, Robert dedicated the award to his mother who recently died, while his wife expressed delight to see the number of female nominees in their category.
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