“Husavik” — the song that provides the emotional climax of the Netflix hit Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga — is easily among our favourite songs of the past year. So we, like so many of you, were thrilled to see it among the 15 songs shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. Now, as members of the academy decide which five songs will land an actual nomination, the townspeople of the real-life Húsavík have launched a campaign to get them closer to that Oscar.
“The project is in no way affiliated with Netflix or the writers of the film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.”
Húsavík launches Oscar campaign video
A letter from Húsavík
The following is a letter from organisers explaining why the Academy Award nomination is so important to them.
Home to 2,300 people (other than us) and around 70,000 puffins, Húsavík is located at the edge of the Arctic Circle, by the Skjálfandi Bay.
Since the Vikings settled here over a thousand years ago, the income of our town has been based on fishing and farming. In the last 25 years though, tourism became our number one activity.
People travel here from all over the world to see the famous whales of Skjálfandi, the magnificent Northern lights and the majestic waterfalls.
Like all the places basing most of their income on tourism, Húsavík has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, but the arrival of a Netflix film that sings (literally) the beauties of the town has lifted the spirit of the people of Húsavík.
Especially the eponymous song, which has almost become a local anthem and which could soon receive a nomination for the most known awards in the world, giving us hope that this unexpected series of events could help revitalize the town.
All of this because of a film. It makes sense, after all. A film tells a story, and Iceland has a rich history of storytelling, dating back to the medieval sagas heritage.
This beautiful island continues to inspire writers and musicians, artists and authors from all around the world, who find here a temporary or permanent home. Cinema itself is a growing business in our country, with the Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir winning an Academy Award in 2019.
It would be a huge pride for the town of Húsavík to be part, through a song which bears its name, launched by a film which glorifies the power of music, of the biggest event celebrating the history and the value of filmmaking, and hence of modern storytelling.
Húsavík, March 1, 2021
Leonardo, Rafnar Orri and Örlygur Hnefill
Academy Awards 2021 – Best Original Song shortlist
“Husavik” is the 11 o’clock number from Will Ferrell’s Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga. The song is a touching piano ballad about the Icelandic hometown of Rachel McAdams’ character. It features lead vocals from My Marianne — also known as Melodifestivalen star Molly Sandén — as McAdams sings her lyrics on-stage. (She actually sang them, rather than miming, during filming so it would look more realistic in the film). “Husavik” proved extremely popular with fans, reaching the top ten of the worldwide iTunes song chart.
The song is now among the 15 on the shortlist for the Oscar for Best Original Song.
- “Turntables” from All In: The Fight for Democracy
- “See What You’ve Done” from Belly of the Beast
- “Wuhan Flu” from Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
- “Husavik” from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
- “Never Break” from Giving Voice
- “Make It Work” from Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
- “Fight For You” from Judas and the Black Messiah
- “Io Sì (Seen)” from The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)
- “Rain Song” from Minari
- “Show Me Your Soul” from Mr. Soul!
- “Loyal Brave True” from Mulan
- “Free” from The One and Only Ivan
- “Speak Now” from One Night in Miami…
- “Green” from “Sound of Metal”
- “Hear My Voice” from “The Trial of the Chicago 7”
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