It’s the streaming giant that releases hours upon hours of original content every week. But as the 2020/2021 awards season begins to loom on the horizon, Netflix has opted to push just 25 movie titles in its “For your consideration” campaign… including Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga.
Netflix launches Oscar campaign for Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga
Netflix’s “For your consideration” website went live on 15 October. The site is designed to highlight the virtues of what Netflix considers to be its most prestigious movies, targeting members of awards voting groups like the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that presents the Oscars.
Nestled alongside highbrow fare like LGBTQ drama The Boys In The Band and a remake of the classic Rebecca, is Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga. Many mainstream favourites like The Kissing Booth and To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You are not in the mix.
On the film’s dedicated sub-page are listed the personnel for all the typical awards show categories — director, producers, screenplay, acting and more. However, unsurprisingly, the main focus is placed on the Eurovision movie’s soundtrack.
In addition to two short behind-the-scenes featurettes and the trailer, are the music videos for five original songs from the Will Ferrell comedy — “Double Trouble”, “Husavik”, “Lion Of Love”, “Volcano Man” and, of course, “Ja Ja Ding Dong”.
Whether movie award voters pay heed to the campaigning remains to be seen. But Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga has already been nominated for Comedy Movie Of 2020 and Comedy Movie Star Of 2020 (for Will Ferrell) at the People’s Choice Awards.
As these awards are determined by public vote rather than industry experts, they are typically not indicative of future success at more prestigious events.
Could the Eurovision movie win an Oscar?
Some low-key awards-buzz has been building around the Eurovision movie ever since its release in June, especially for “Husavik”, Molly Sandén’s show-stopping ballad.
US website Vulture pondered 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 observed that Academy voters tend to vote for more sincere efforts — hence why “Husavik” is in the frame.
The writer explained that the ballad 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.
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