Thursday, 27 February 2014 13:55

Oscars Nominees: Original Song “Happy”

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The Oscars

Can you believe this coming weekend wraps up awards season? The 86th Annual Academy Awards will air on March 2, and will be hosted by the ever hilarious and avid music lover, Ellen DeGeneres.

While the event predominantly celebrates achievements in film, extraordinary film and music teams are also recognized for their collaborations with two categories: Original Song, and Original Score.

The nominees, as we mentioned several weeks ago, include some of music’s most distinguished composers and progressive songwriters, such as John Williams, Thomas Newman, U2, Pharrell, and Karen O. Although, if you’re not familiar with some of the prospective winners, then stay tuned to MSC over the next few days for all the details, and make your predictions on our Oscars poll!

To get you as pumped as we are, each day leading up to the big night we’ll post pieces on one of the nominees in each music category, and Sunday we’ll reveal everyone’s predictions before the show! Today’s lunchtime Original Song nominee is “Happy” from Despicable Me 2!

“Happy” from Despicable Me 2

Music & Lyric by Pharrell Williams

Whether you’re getting ready to go out with friends, go grocery shopping in sweats, just hangin’, at work, or miserable, and you haven’t yet visited, do it now. We dare you not to enjoy any moment of Pharrell’s interactive 24-hour music video.

This project seems to embody everything that is Pharrell (From his N*E*R*D days to his more recent work with Daft Punk), all in one pleasant little website. While we probably couldn’t listen to the same song for 24 hours straight, tuning in at any time (or even rewinding) is sure to bring a smile to your face.Minions

Now that you’re smiling, let’s talk about the film, Despicable Me 2. Falling in the often-dreaded category of beloved-film-sequel, the Despicable Me’s cast and crew had high standards to achieve. The film picks up where Despicable Me left off, and --according to Google-- features “the return of (former?) super-villain Gru, his adorable girls, the unpredictably hilarious Minions...and a host of new and outrageously funny characters,” including a love interest for Gru -- cue “Happy.”

In an interview with MSN UK, Pharrell revealed that he was brought onto the project by legendary music supervisor and once President of Film Music for Universal Pictures and Universal Music Group, Kathy Nelson. Although, the rest of the film’s licensed music was coordinated by Universal’s VP of Film Music, Rachel Levy.

Nevertheless, Pharrell’s infectious tune accompanies the lovable villain as he dances throughout his post-date day and has become the defining anthem for the film. We love it because viewers can’t help but feel for Gru, and the easy going vibe of the tune had us dancing away...suddenly it didn’t seem to matter who saw us!

According to Internet Movie Database (IMDb), 158,983 users voted to give the film a whopping 7.6 average, which we think is relatively good for a family film in the sequel category. One of Roger Ebert’s critic correspondents gave the film 3 out of 4 stars. With an estimated budget of $76,000,000 (IMDb), and with the latest gross of $367,157,955, the film has nearly quadrupled its budget. Supported by the film’s rockstar cast and production crew, “Happy” is a strong contender in the category!


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