The song “Husavik” featured in the Netflix movie “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” has been nominated for an Academy Awards for Best Original Song.
The song “Husavik” which is sung at the climax of the movie is now one of the five songs left in the running to win this year’s Best Original Song.
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) March 15, 2021
Among the remaining nominees is “Io Sì (Seen)” from the Italian movie “La vita davanti a sé” (meaning The Life Ahead). The song is performed by Laura Pausini, a previous winner of Sanremo Music Festival. The song is written by Laura and Diane Warren. Diane had previously co-written the United Kingdom 2009 entry “It’s My Time” with Andrew Lloyd Webber. She had also offered a song she had written to Montaigne for Australia this year.
The citizens of the town of Húsavik in Iceland, in which the movie is partly set have released a video showing their support for the song.
The 93rd Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, on April 25 2021, just over a month before the 65th Eurovision Song Contest.
Crowdfunding for Eurovision Museum in Húsavik
Just a few days ago, it was revealed that the Icelandic Government had approved a grant for opening a Eurovision museum in Húsavik. Now, a crowdfunding campaign has started to obtain enough money to ensure the opening of the museum.
According to Örlygur Hnefill Örlygsson, founder of the Exploration Museum in Húsavik, the Eurovision Museum will consist of three main exhibitions. The first exhibit looks at the history of the Icelandic qualifier contest “Söngkeppnin”. The second part of the museum is dedicated to the Eurovision movie and Húsavík’s role in the story of “Fire Saga”. The third section will tell the continental story of the contest and its participant countries through the years.
This would not be the first time a Eurovision Museum was opened. In 2016 the year Stockholm was hosting the contest the local ABBA Museum hosted a pop-up exhibition dedicated to the Eurovision Song Contest called ”GOOD EVENING EUROPE!”. This however has never intended to be a long term Eurovision Museum and has since been closed.