It might have missed out on the top prize, but the final chapter of the Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga fairytale closed in spectacular fashion nonetheless. While “Husavik” failed to take home the Academy Award for Best Original song, Molly Sandén blew viewers away with her performance of the song, live from the actual town of Husavik itself.
Molly Sandén (My Marianne) sings “Husavik” live at the Oscars 2021
All five Best Original Song nominees were performed during the Oscars pre-show on Sunday night. But while four of the contenders belted it out from rooftops in Los Angeles, Molly Sandén was beamed in direct from Husavik in Iceland. The Swedish starlet, who provides Rachel McAdams singing voice in the hit Netflix movie, was also joined by a choir of local school girls.
The choir donned traditional Icelandic Lopi sweaters while Molly herself wore a glimmering lamé trenchcoat. Nestled in the town’s harbour, they’re surrounded by fishing boats, gentle ocean waves and magnificent mountains. Seabirds caw, as fireworks exploded in the night sky behind them. Presumably, the whales are just out of shot.
“Husavik” misses out on the Oscar
Alas, while millions of the viewers were treated to Molly’s stunning performance, it wasn’t to be for the Eurovision movie. Despite being heavily tipped to scoop the big gong, the Oscar instead went to “Fight for You” from Judas and the Black Messiah.
In case you forgot, the nominees for Best Original Song were….
- “Husavik” from Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
- “Fight For You” from Judas and the Black Messiah
- “Hear My Voice” from The Trial of The Chicago 7
- “Io Si (Seen)” from The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti A Se)
- “Speak Now” from One Night In Miami…
What do you think of Molly’s performance? Should the Oscar have gone to Husavik? Let us know in the comments.
Can I just say that Molly looks way more happier and younger when she had a natural strawberry-blonde hair color? She looks emo-ish as a brunette..
Play Ja Ja Ding Dong!
I know everyone will hate me, but I knew it wasn’t going to win. Three of the other songs were from movies about civil rights. Had HUSAVIK won, there would be very upset Academy members.
Also, it wasn’t live. None of the songs were live. They were all pre-recorded to be shown live on tape. In fact, the local (Los Angeles, CA) ABC affiliate showed stills of Molly’s performance on the local news here the day before.
I hate you now
If they aren‘t able to value quality, they should not call themselves „academy“. Molly was by far the best!
Husavik should have won!! It was much better than the winning one IMO
definitely nothing to do with politics and blm (sarcasm) this is why these awards shows are dead nowadays. way too political because no one can tell me how that’s a better song than husavik.
I don’t know how it is when it comes to voting for the best original song, but when it comes to the best international feature film there nearly no objectivity at all! Those who vote don’t even have to watch all candidate films in order to vote, which makes me think what is the point of Oscar nowadays. While Another Round is excellent film, I think Bosnian film deserved it much more to win Oscar.
i do think that quo adis is pretty good, but cmon, another round is a riot
As a Swede I can tell you that you are wrong. Swedish people vote for what they like. And this might be such a song. Molly is also very popular in Sweden.
When was the last time ballad won melodi?
In 2014 we had a ballad win the Melodifestival and it placed 3d in Eurovision…also a really good ballad by Sanne Nielsen..for example!
2014 and 2009 before that
Sanna Nielsen with undo. Johns Lundvik’s song is somehow a gospel ballad. We had many historically – my favorite is Jan Johansen. There are always ballads in the competition.
“Husavik” is a beautiful song and Molly is a great performer. Since a long time I hope she will go to Eurovision, once !!
That performance gave me chills! Wow
What an amazing Eurovision winner this one could be! Sad they put it in the movie.
Spectacular performance indeed. Molly is a gem, her voice is 10/10! Wish she could compete in ESC 🙂
Eww not ‘Fight For You’, I hated that one
I suppose that the jurors want to come across as politically correct and aware. I’m not sure if they vote based on valid musical criteria.
Both “Fight For You” and “Husavik” were respectively written by persons of color, Savan Kotecha (Husavik) and H.E.R. (Fight for You), which is a big deal in itself in a very competitive category song-wise.
It’s a win for Black and Asian American songwriters for getting recognized. 🙂
Except for the one award that matters, the Crystal Microphone for the winning Eurovision entry.
If Molly is chosen by Iceland to represent them next year she will be Eleni foureira 2.0. Loved in her country but not chosen for eurovision, until another country came and gave her the chance .
Molly was spectacular
well, of course, a song about hate won… no surprise for me and I actually like the song but kinda getting tired of this..