Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
When aspiring musicians Lars and Sigrit are given the opportunity of a lifetime to represent their country at the world’s biggest song competition, they finally have a chance to prove that any dream worth having is a dream worth fighting for.
“Husavik” from “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”
Music and Lyrics by Savan Kotecha, Rickard Göransson & Fat Max Gsus
Performed by Molly Sandén and Will Ferrell
You wouldn’t expect a Will Ferrell Netflix comedy to be an Oscar-nominated film, but if you watch “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga,” one thing stands out above all else; the song performed at the end of the film titled “Husavik.” The song catches you by surprise. The film is good up until that point, but this song is next level. Every time I’ve listened to it, I got chills.
Now, you can listen to the song on its own, but I believe that a lot of what makes the music unique is how it fits in with the story. Lars (Will Ferrell) has dreamed of winning the Eurovision Song Contest (which is a real thing, by the way) since he was a kid. Sigrit (Rachel McAdams) has too, but she also dreams of settling down with Lars. The problem with Lars’ determination is that he often doesn’t see what’s around him. He puts off a relationship with Sigrit because he doesn’t want it to get in the way of his dream. Not the most fantastic collaborator, Lars often makes Sigrit feel less than. So when she takes the stage to sing “Husavik,” a song she wrote about her home of Iceland, it’s the culmination of what they did to get there. It’s Lars supporting Sigrit, and it’s Sigrit supporting Iceland, as she sings in Icelandic.
“Husavik” is my favorite song by far. “Speak Now” from “One Night In Miami” is one that’s been winning all the awards. It’s currently the favorite among the Oscar pundits, with “Io Si (Seen)” from “The Life Ahead” just behind it. But those songs, from serious dramas, don’t hold a candle to a piece from a Netflix comedy.
Savan Kotecha | Rickard Göransson | Fat Max Gsus
|— 1st time Nominee —|
June 26, 2020
(for crude sexual material including full nude sculptures, some comic violent images, and language)
Ólafur Darri Ólafsson
93RD ACADEMY AWARDS | OSCARS CHALLENGE
APRIL 1, 2021