This year’s Oscar nominations are looking great, especially with news of another Filipino-American up for a nomination. It was announced that Matthew Libatique got a nomination for his work on the critically acclaimed film Black Swan. I’ll definitely be tuning in for the Oscars this year. For those who aren’t familiar with Matthew Libatique, he is an American cinematographer best known for his work with director Darren Aronofsky on such films as π, Requiem for a Dream, and The Fountain. Libatique, a Filipino-American, was born in Elmhurst, Queens. He studied sociology and communications at California State University before earning a MFA in cinematography at AFI Conservatory. Libatique served as director of photography for music videos and teamed with fellow AFI alumni Aronofsky for the short film Protozoa. The two have collaborated on the first three of Aronofsky’s feature films. Other frequent collaborators are Julie Dash (music videos including Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason”), Spike Lee (She Hate Me, Inside Man and Miracle at St. Anna), and Joel Schumacher (Tigerland, Phone Booth and The Number 23).