The 87th Academy Awards took place live from The Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California on Sunday, February 22. The awards was televised live on the ABC Television Network and also televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. The Oscars are produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
The nominees for Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)include:
“Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie”; Music and Lyric by Shawn Patterson
“Glory” from “Selma”; Music and Lyric by John Stephens and Lonnie Lynn
“Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights”; Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me”; Music and Lyric by Glen Campbell and Julian Raymond
“Lost Stars” from “Begin Again”; Music and Lyric by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois
Shawn Patterson was nominated for writing and producing the song “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego” Movie. He and his writing team were also nominated for a Grammy for the song, but lost to “Let It Go” from the movie “Frozen”.
Patterson became involved in the project though Chris McKay, the animation director on “The Lego” movie. They had worked together on the TV show “Robot Chicken” and other projects. McKay contacted him to let him know that he needed a song for the movie. All he had was a title and to be something fun and catchy. He started writing the song which took him nine days to complete.
The song had already been cut into the film for months when Tegan and Sara became involved in the project. The Pop duo Tegan and Sara and comedy-music trio The Lonely Island will perform the song during the Oscars ceremony.
The Canadian twin sisters Tegan and Sara have been releasing critically acclaimed albums and touring internationally alongside some of the biggest names in the industry since 1999. Their seventh and latest studio album, “Heartthrob,” debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 and was certified gold.
The Lonely Island is a comedy, music and filmmaking trio composed of “Saturday Night Live” alumni Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone. The Lonely Island has released three studio albums and several gold and platinum singles.
The song “Everything Is Awesome,” which Tegan recorded with The Lonely Island, has sold more than half a million copies in the U.S.
I spoke with Oscar nominee Shawn Patterson at The Wrap’s Oscar nominee party. Click on the video link to see what he had to say about being nominated, the song and the movie.
Patterson lost the award to John Legend and Common for their song “Glory” from the movie “Selma”