Gini Cruz Santos, the Fil-Am supervising animator of Pixar’s latest film, Coco, is a co-winner of the 2018 Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature.
Coco, a film about Mexico’s tradition of celebrating the Day of the Dead, triumphed over other nominees in the same Golden Globes category, namely The Boss Baby, Loving Vincent, Ferdinand, and The Breadwinner.
Coco was also recently nominated for Best Animated Feature Film by the British Academy Film Awards or the BAFTA.
Disney Pixar Coco’s official Twitter account also announced that the movie won Best Animated Feature and Best Song (“Remember Me”) at the Critics Choice Awards.
Gini Santos was in the Philippines in 2017 to promote the movie as well as receive a Plaque of Recognition from the City of Pasay for being an “exemplary Pasay resident, a world-class Filipino artist, and the city’s pride.”
In a round-table interview attended by PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the media, she described how it was to work with a predominantly white and male-dominated industry, considering that she is Pixar’s first female animation supervisor.
“Obviously, they’ve never had a female supervisor. The dynamic was a little interesting. One thing I also learned as a female [supervisor], as a woman, I also had my own biases myself.
“I felt like, I’m in this role, I better make this perfect. But I didn’t need to and I needed to navigate that. I feel I had a lot of support from my animators and co-workers.
“The only reason I’m a strong animator was because I started there and we worked collectively together.
“As far as it being a first female [supervisor], they definitely respected me for my experience. My struggle was getting my voice to be heard. It’s such a new thing. I tended to not speak that loud. I had to get over my biases and had to navigate that."
Santos was not the only Filipino who was honored at the 75th Golden Globes.
Fil-Am composer Robert Lopez and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, were nominated for composing Coco’s theme song, "Remember Me". The couple previously won Best Original Song in 2014 for composing "Let it Go," for the blockbuster animated film Frozen.
Previous Fil-Am Golden Globe winners include animator Ronnie del Carmen who was part of the 2016 Best Animated Feature Film, Inside Out; and Josie Trinidad who worked in the 2017 winner for Best Animated Feature, Zootopia.
Fil-Am singer-actress Hailee Steinfeld received a 2017 Golden Globes nomination for Best Performance in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy via the movie The Edge of Seventeen.