Former Charlottean wins Oscar for best song, then sings her speech

03/02/2014 11:22 PM

03/03/2014 1:34 PM

Former Charlottean Kristen Anderson-Lopez and her husband, Robert Lopez, won Best Song Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday for “Let It Go,” in the animated hit, “Frozen.”

The husband-and-wife team had lost at the Golden Globes, where U2 took the prize for “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” But Oscar voters turned to the composers of the film about sisters in a troubled Scandinavian kingdom that’s expected to surpass $1 billion at the box office and become the highest-grossing animated film in history.

Anderson-Lopez graduated from Charlotte Country Day in 1990 and is the daughter of John and Erin Anderson, who live in Waxhaw. Her husband has won Tony awards for the musicals “Avenue Q” and “Book of Mormon.” He is one of only 12 people who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award, often referred to as the Grand Slam of Show Business.

They dedicated the award to their daughters.

“Katie and Annie, this song is inspired by our love for you and the hope that you never let fear or shame keep you from celebrating the unique people that you are,” Anderson-Lopez said.

She became the second person with strong Charlotte ties to win an Academy Award recently. In 2012, Charlotte Latin School grad Jim Rash took the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for “The Descendants,” which he co-wrote with Nat Faxon and Alexander Payne.

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