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Húsavík shone at Oscars

26.04.2021 - 12:56
Mynd: A.M.P.A.S. 2021 / A.M.P.A.S. 2021
The Oscars performance by Swedish pop star Molly Sandén and the Year 5 girls’ choir from Borgarhólsskóli school in Húsavík went well, if social media response around the world is anything to go by.

The song Husavik – My Home Town did not win the Oscar but the performance for 'Oscars: Into the Spotlight' was well-received. 

After it became clear Molly would not be able to appear live in Los Angeles because of pandemic restrictions, it was decided she would record a special version of the song in Húsavík instead. 

The Oscar-nominated song was written by Savan Kotcha, Fat Max Gsus, and Rickard Göransson. The film music in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga without lyrics, meanwhile, was all written by Icelander Atli Örvarsson. 

The Oscar for original song for a film eventually went to Fight for you, from the film Judas and the Black Messiah. 

With or without an Oscars win, the Eurovision movie and its very catchy song have shone worldwide attention on Iceland over the past year—and especially on Húsavík, where residents are still glowing with pride in their young singers. 

Iceland’s other Oscar hope, the animated short Já fólkið (Yes People) by Gísli Darri Halldórsson, also missed out on the night. The Oscar in the short animated film category went to If Anything Happens I Love You. 

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