Is Justin Timberlake poised to win Best Original Song at the Golden Globes for “Can’t Stop the Feeling” from the animated film “Trolls?” It wouldn’t be the first time a pop star took this prize for a hit single, and it could point the way toward an Oscar victory.
Timberlake previously competed in this category for his song “Please Mr. Kennedy” from “Inside Llewyn Davis” (2013), losing to U2‘s tune “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” This year he contends against “City of Stars” from “La La Land” (Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul), “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana” (Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina), “Faith” from “Sing” (Ryan Tedder, Stevie Wonder, and Francis Farewell Starlight), and “Gold” from “Gold” (Stephen Gaghan, Danger Mouse, Daniel Pemberton, and Iggy Pop).
Right now, the odds-on favorite is “City of Stars” from Best Picture frontrunner “La La Land,” with EGOT hopeful Miranda trailing close behind for “How Far I’ll Go.” Working in Timberlake’s favor is his song’s immense popularity: “Can’t Stop the Feeling” has been a Top 40 hit since hitting the airwaves last summer, proving to be that rare movie tune with crossover appeal. If the songwriter’s own stardom isn’t enough to keep the song fresh in voter’s minds, hearing it multiple times on the radio doesn’t hurt.
The Globes have a history of rewarding musical superstars, and at times have the luck of predicting the eventual Academy Award winner. Just last year Sam Smith picked up a victory for “Writing’s on the Wall” from the James Bond film “Spectre” (2015), the first indication that he was the Oscar frontrunner. The same thing happened to John Legend and Common for their powerful anthem “Glory” from “Selma” (2014) and Adele for the title tune from another Bond flick, “Skyfall” (2012).
Yet they can also miss the mark with their picks. The above mentioned “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” lost the Oscar to “Let It Go” from “Frozen” (2013), while recent victors like Madonna‘s “Masterpiece” from “W.E.” (2011) and Bruce Springsteen‘s title song from “The Wrestler” (2008) failed to even get Oscar nominations (the eventual winners, respectively, were “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets” and “Jai Ho” from “Slumdog Millionaire”).
Timberlake shares his nomination with Max Martin and Shellback.
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