County Fare: Oscar glory for Williams alums


In addition to celebrating Pittsfield native Caitrin Rogers' win for producing the Oscar-winning documentary film, "20 Feet from Stardom," Berkshire County has two more ties to the nominees of the 86th annual Academy Awards.

Two Williams College alumnae have ties to the Oscar-winning Disney animated film "Frozen."

Kristen Anderson-Lopez ('94) and her husband Robert "Bobby" Lopez won an Oscar for Best Original Song "Let It Go." (See acceptance video on YouTube here:

Robert Lopez, 39, is the youngest EGOT winner -- a holder of Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards. His credits include: "The Wonder Pets" (Daytime Emmy, 2008); "The Book of Mormon" (Grammy, 2012); "Frozen" (Oscar, 2014) and "Avenue Q" (Tony, 2004).

In addition, Jennifer Sleeper ('07) was part of the Disney animation team for "Frozen," which also won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Learn more about the Williams connections at


In other Academy Award news, Karen O., aka Karen Orzolek, frontwoman for the band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, performed her Oscar-nominated "The Moon Song" from the movie "Her" on stage Sunday with acoustic-guitar strumming Ezra Koenig, lead singer and guitarist of the band Vampire Weekend.

Karen O. and her Yeah Yeah Yeahs bandmate Nick Zinner stopped in Pittsfield in 2010 to play a special acoustic/experimental set at the Colonial Theatre, due in part to Karen O.'s local ties. Her father was in town at the time for his 40th high school reunion as a Pittsfield High School graduate.

County Fare, a weekly column featuring "tales from throughout the Berkshires," is compiled by Eagle staffers.


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