It’s the most prestigious night on the global music calendar. And the 2021 Grammy Awards are set to have an extra splash of colour as Netflix’s Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga is up for a top prize.
Netflix’s Eurovision Movie nominated for a Grammy
While it may not have been a critical darling, the Will Ferrell comedy proved to be a sleeper hit on the streaming giant. And by summer’s end fans were daring to dream of award show glory for the film’s ridiculously addictive soundtrack.
Now, America’s Recording Academy has become the first major awards body to recognise the EBU-approved movie. The film has been nominated in the “Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media” category. In layman’s terms, that’s the category for best movie soundtrack.
British TV personality and music impresario Sharon Osbourne broke the news during the 24 November nomination live stream.
It’s a prestigious category, with the three most recent winners being A Star Is Born, The Greatest Showman and La La Land. So, unsurprisingly, Fire Saga is up against some fierce competition.
The headline nominee is Disney’s Frozen 2. It broke box office records, becoming the highest-grossing animated film of all time. The other nominees are Jojo Rabbit, A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood and Bill & Ted Face The Music.
The Eurovision Movie’s fate will become known on 31 January 2021, when the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony is set to take place.
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Netflix’s award season push for the Eurovision movie
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.
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