Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick are at the Cannes Film FestivalÂ promoting “Trolls,” their DreamWorks animated film that opens in November and is strongly positioned toÂ be an Oscar contender for Best Animated Feature. The film could also be nominatedÂ for its original songs, several of which wereÂ written by Timberlake. The 35-year-old singer has already won Grammys and Emmys, so an Oscar would get him one big step closer to an EGOT.
Timberlake and Kendrick took to the stage to sing Cyndi Lauper‘s classic song “True Colors,” which is featured in the film (watch it above). Of course, TimberlakeÂ got his start as a singer, but lately Kendrick has been showing off her musical chopsÂ too. After scoring an Oscar nom for her breakthrough performance in “Up in the Air” (in which her character actually sang another Lauper hit, “Time After Time”), she has belted out tunes in a number of films, including “Into the Woods,” “The Last Five Years” and the “Pitch Perfect” movies. In fact her song “Cups,” from the first “Pitch Perfect,” landed her in the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart; it went triple-platinum.
When it was originally released, “True Colors” earned Lauper a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1986, butÂ she lost to Barbra Streisand (“The Broadway Album”). If “Trolls” is a hit this fall, perhaps Kendrick and Timberlake’s cover could give theÂ song a second chance at the Grammys.
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