Can Eurovision crash the Oscars’ Best Original Song race? That’s the question the American culture website Vulture poses to its readers. And indeed, it seems that much of the buzz surrounding “Husavik” could be set to carry over from the charts into awards season.
Could “Husavik” win at the Oscars?
“Husavik” is, of course, the breakout hit from Netflix’s Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga. Sung by My Marianne — aka Molly Sandén — the track has gone on to crack the charts in Britain, the U.S. and elsewhere. Sandén has even suggested that it could have won the real Eurovision.
Nodding towards the film’s streaming success in an unprecedented year, Vulture ponders whether “Husavik” could not only break into the nominations list for Best Original Song, but actually win the prize outright.
Whilst acknowledging the quality of the movie’s other songs like “Double Trouble” and “Lion Of Love”, the website observes that Academy voters tend to vote for more sincere efforts — hence why “Husavik” is in the frame.
The writer explains that Sandén’s showstopper ticks many of the boxes required for Oscars success — “emotional resonance, a sweeping, Adele-style chorus, and lyrics that aren’t too silly… And it closes with an absolute whopper of a high note”.
The Icelandic lyrics also shouldn’t be a hindrance, as winning songs from Coco and Slumdog Millionaire have also featured non-English languages.
‘Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga’ Oscar chances
As of July, there are two big rivals for best song. SZA and Justin Timberlake’s “The Other Side” from Trolls World Tour and Billie Eilish’s Bond song “No Time to Die”.
Vulture doesn’t predict many other contenders emerging between now and the end of the year. However, it suggests that the early release date may be the Eurovision movie’s biggest disadvantage. By the time the Oscars roll around “Husavik” will be ten months old.
While stopping short of labelling “Husavik” a front-runner, we’re told to not “be surprised if, next spring, we see Will Ferrell and Sandén performing the song on the Oscars telecast, whatever form that takes”.
Alas, Netflix’s Eurovision movie is not expected to be in contention for prizes in any of the other major categories.
Streaming-only movies at the Oscars
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the eligibility rules have been changed for the 2021 Academy Awards. Movies which have had a steaming-only release will be eligible for consideration. However, there’s a caveat — the film must have been set to have a theatrical release before lockdown measures forced cinemas to close.
Director David Dobkin has confirmed that Netflix was set to give the film a short theatrical run. This would have made it eligible for Oscar nominations prior to the pandemic, but still makes it eligible for a nomination under the new conditions.
The streaming giant has previously released films like The Irishman and Marriage Story in selected theatres for up to 21 days in order to qualify.
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