Very few people in the country know the town of Hasawak in Iceland: this community, five and a half hours northeast of the capital Reizawak, had only 2,300 people in 2018. But thanks to the song, the city has already grown in popularity with “Hasawak – My Hometown” from the Netflix-film “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”. It may happen again soon.
The song, co-written by Sawan Kottecha, Fat Max Guess and Ricard Goronsson, was nominated for an Oscar in 2021 in the “Best Song” category. After all, Mayor Oscar Ascarison, the residents, is doing everything they can to ensure that the film song, performed by Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams as the Fire Saga, finally wins the Gold Boy.
The mayor is hoping to get a second Oscar in the village
A few weeks ago, the city created an grassroots campaign for the song, led by Oscar Carson. The city’s tourism board, “Visit Hasawak,” has now shared a funny video on his Instagram account. “Soon I will not be the only Oscar in town,” Scarson explains. “That’s why I’m preparing a big welcome party. I work day and night and have a new outfit. I do what I can. “Visit Hasawak” to the four-minute-long clip: “He’s back! An Oscar for Hasawak – Askar’s Night. “
Also linked to the Oscar Campaign’s official Instagram account. It’s called “Oskorforsavic” and has 286 subscribers (as of Thursday afternoon). Bio also says: “The free Oscar campaign from the people of Hassawak for the song about our hometown.”
The songs from the Netflix movie have been heard almost 30 million times
The song “Hasawak” was streamed over 26 million times. In the comedy itself, the Icelandic villagers include another song: “Jaja Ding Dong”, which has been streamed more than four million times on YouTube. There is even a pub of the same name in Hassawak.
The Academy Awards will be presented on Monday, April 26, German time.