Thursday, February 16, 2017

Music from 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' and 'Trolls' win Grammy Awards

Yesterday, the BAFTA Film Awards.  Today, the Grammys, where two statues were given out to music from speculative fiction films.

When I previewed the Grammy Awards in December, I wrote that "I'd prefer John Williams' score for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' to win, but I'm not optimistic" as I thought "Stranger Things" had a better chance.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that that Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media went to John Williams after all.

This doesn't completely make up for not winning the Oscar, but it comes close.

The other speculative fiction winner was Justin Timberlake for "Can't Stop the Feeling" from "Trolls."

I was actually rooting for "Heathens" from "Suicide Squad" to win this award, but I'm fine with the selection.  In fact, I'd probably cheer any of the winners, as the field also included "Purple Lamborghini" from "Suicide Squad" and songs from "Alice Through the Looking Glass" and "Zootopia," along with a song from the political documentary "Snowden."  Superheroes, fantasy, and politics!

As for Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media, I thought it would go to one from a movie about the music business and I was right, just wrong about which one.  I expected either "Amy" or "Straight Outta Compton" but it went to "Miles Ahead" from the Miles Davis biopic.  So much for "Suicide Squad."

I end this entry with "Can't Stop The Feeling!" Official Movie Clip.  Dance in celebration with the trolls!

From the creators of SHREK comes DreamWorks Animation’s TROLLS, a smart, funny and irreverent comedy about the search for happiness, and just how far some will go to get it. This hilarious film transports audiences to a colorful, wondrous world populated by the overly optimistic Trolls, who have a constant dance in their step and a song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomachs.

After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy (Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious curmudgeonly Branch (Timberlake) set off on a journey to rescue her friends. Together, this mismatched duo embarks on a rescue mission full of adventure and mishaps – trying to tolerate each other long enough to get the job done.

Utilizing music to further the film's narrative, the TROLLS soundtrack is produced by Justin Timberlake and features five original songs including songs by Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande, Anna Kendrick and Gwen Stefani, in addition to a number of classic hits from the ‘60s through the ‘80s.
We might see this song win again, as it's nominated for an Oscar.  Stay tuned.

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