Well, we saw that coming! ‘City Of Stars’ from the film ‘La La Land’ won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and gave a heartfelt speech to go along with it! So deserving!
It was tough year in the Best Original Song category, but “City Of Stars” came through to win the Oscar! From the film La La Land, “City Of Stars” was sung by both Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in the film and composed by Justin Hurwitz.
The amazing composer Justin Hurwitz, who also won for Best Original Score, gave a beautiful speech and garnered a laugh from the crowd after thanking his mom for allowing him to quit the JCC basketball team to join the school play. John Legend performed the number on the Oscars stage, in combination with the other nominated number, “Audition.”
“City Of Stars” was up against four other songs for one of the most anticipated awards of the evening. “Can’t Stop The Feeling” from Trolls, “The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story and “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana were the other contenders, in addition to the other La La Land song, “Audition.” The category is often an afterthought, as there is usually one standout winner, but this year was super competitive with so many incredible nominees. Many believed that because La La Land was nominated twice in the category, it would split the vote and another film would take the top prize!
Several people were pulling for Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda for his song “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s Moana. If Lin-Manuel Miranda won in this category, he would be the youngest person to achieve an EGOT at the age of 37. An EGOT includes an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony — which Lin has all of except an Oscar! Still, we’re certain this won’t be his last chance!
HollywoodLifers, who did you think should have won Best Song? Are you happy TK won?