H.E.R. got a big win at the 93rd Academy Awards for Fight For You in the Best Original Song category. The song Fight For You is featured in the Oscar nominated film Judas and the Black Messiah. In her acceptance speech, she teases that she's always wanted to say "thank you to the academy..." and we're with her, who wouldn't? She also thanks her collaborators one the song, Dernst Emille II and Tiara Thomas plus her parents.
She walked the carpet with her beautiful Filipna mother and they attended the ceremony together. Catch her acceptance speech below.
The film also received the award for Best Supporting Actor in which actor Daniel Kaluuya (Black Panther) won. He completed the award season sweep also winning Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Globe, BAFTA, SAG Award, and Critics' Choice. In addition to having two actors nominated from the film for Best Supporting Actor, it also earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. The movie’s nomination for Best Picture made history for featuring an all-Black producing team.
Just this last March, H.E.R. won 2 more Grammy Awards and now she can add Oscar winning artist to her accolades. When she was nominated for the Oscar, H.E.R. was nothing but grateful. According to ABC News, H.E.R. says, “I’m feeling crazy man..."
“This just doesn’t happen. It’s just a whole different world I’m stepping into. It’s just a crazy, crazy part of my journey. I never would have imagined this would even happen. I’m super, super grateful. That’s the foundation of how I feel. It’s just gratitude.”
ABS-CBN and TFC Reporter Yong Chavez had a quick chat with H.E.R. after the win in the virtual press area. She H.E.R. speak Tagalog in a little banter. She's on one of the biggest stage representing her roots and not afraid to show it!
Cover Photo Credit: H.E.R. Music Facebook
While awards season is here, four Filipina American artists have an opportunity to break ground. Variety includes Eva Noblezada, Ruby Ibarra, H.E.R. and Cathy Ang in prediction talks. Predictions and nominations are regularly updated so we'll have to be on the look out. These artists continue to make us proud so let's continue to support them by listening and sharing their music! Congratulations to everyone!
The Best Original Song award is given to songwriters for an original composition written for a film. It is presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to those part of the motion picture industry.
Check out the songs below and make sure to catch the films!
3. Fight For You performed by H.E.R in the film, Judas and the Black Massiah. The film initially premiered in the 2021 Sundance Film Festival with a U.S. release on February 12, 2021 in theaters and digitally on HBO Max.
4. Rocket to the Moon performed by Cathy Ang in the film, Over the Moon. Watch it now on Netflix!