Justin Timberlake Scores First Oscar Nomination
Justin Timberlake earned his very first Oscar nomination on Tuesday (Jan. 24) when his No. 1 smash “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” from the animated film Trolls was nominated for Best Original Song.
The Academy Awards nod, which he shares with Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster, could lead to another big trophy for the pop superstar. In the past, he’s won nine Grammys and four Emmys.
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) January 24, 2017
Timberlake was humbled by the nomination. “SPEECHLESS. WOWOWOW!!!!!!!” he tweeted. “Thank you SO MUCH @TheAcademy for this nomination for #CantStopTheFeeling ‼ Congrats to ALL the nominees!!”
But JT faces stiff competition in the category. Challengers include “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from La La Land, “The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story, “City of Stars” from La La Land, and “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana.
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) January 24, 2017
The latter was composed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who becomes one step closer to EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) status. “You know, I feel fine,” the “Hamilton” creator told The Associated Press after learning of the nomination. “I am thrilled to get to go to the Oscars, honestly. I won’t even be a little modest about that. I’ve been a fan of the Oscars telecast since I was a kid—I used to memorize Billy Crystal’s musical monologues.”
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) January 24, 2017
Timberlake’s collaborator Pharrell is also celebrating three nominations for Hidden Figures, which he produced. The film is up for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Octavia Spencer), Best Screenplay, and Best Picture. “Thank you to the Academy for three #HiddenFigures nominations!” tweeted Pharrell.
Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the 89th Academy Awards is set to air live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Feb. 26 on ABC. See a full list of nominees here.