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Oscars 2021: International celebration for best song nominee has Iceland residents literally painting the town red

Oscars 2021

HOLLYWOOD — Residents of Iceland have embraced an Oscar-nominated song with a strong sense of local pride. The town’s main street has been painted red for citizens to create their own red carpet moments in honor of “Husavik.”

The song, which is about the little Icelandic town of Husavik, is nominated for Oscar’s Best Original Song. It’s featured in the Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams comedy, “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.” Award-winning songwriter and record producer Savan Kotecha is a behind-the-scenes pop music superstar – and one of the Oscar-nominated songwriters of “Husavik.”

“At this point in my career, I kind of want to just do something that was fun and unexpected. And, you know, Will Ferrell was attached to the movie. It’s kind of hard to say no to that, you know?” said Kotecha.

Residents of Iceland have embraced the song.

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“Yeah and it’s fun to see it played out in real life with, like, with Husavik, you know? They’re so proud and so–and are so excited,” said Kotecha.
In addition to literally painting the town red, the children of Husavik are committed!

“They’re closing schools the day after the Oscars so families can say up late and watch it!” said Kotecha. “I’m an Indian kid from Texas who was supposed to be a doctor or a lawyer so to be nominated for an Oscar is something I couldn’t have even imagined in my wildest dreams.”

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Roger Federer’s comeback sparks excitement around the globe – ‘Oil painting of a backhand'

The 20-time Grand Slam winner beat British No1 Dan Evans in a hard-fought three set match at the Qatar Open in Doha. The Swiss, returning after a 14-month injury absence, won 7-6 (10-8) 3-6 7-5.
He had not played competitively since January 2020 after undergoing two knee surgeries.

Evergreen Federer is widely regarded as the sport’s GOAT – greatest of all time – but faces fierce contest to maintain his record number of slam wins.

King of Clay Rafael Nadal has also won 20 Grand Slams, while Serb mastermind Novak Djokovic is breathing down their necks with 18 to his name.

But what makes Federer’s career entirely unique – one of many aspects – is his defiance of the aging process as he is set to turn 40 in August.

After winning the quarter final match against Evans, who is ranked No26 in the world, Federer suggested he is still some way off retiring.

It was the 1,243rd win of Federer’s career.

In an ominous warning to the next generation of stars – led by the likes of Daniil Medvedev, Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas – the eight time Wimbledon winner said the original Big Three had no plans to step back.

Referring to himself, Nadal and Djokovic, he warned: “We will try to stand fast for the longest time possible and will try to increase the number of our titles.”

His return has caused quite a stir on Twitter, with the likes of former British No1 Greg Rusedski writing: “One thing is for sure. Federer definitely is the best 39-year-old tennis player I have ever seen.

“Very impressive in the comeback so far.”

Eleven-time Grand Slam winning Aussie Rod Laver, 82, wrote: “Great to see you back on court @rogerfederer.”

One Twitter user wrote: “What is tennis if not Roger Federer persevering?”

Commentator Rob Koenig wrote: “An Oil painting of a backhand from @rogerfederer to get his first win back…”

Christopher Clarey, NY Times tennis correspondent, wrote: “Decades that Roger Federer has played on the ATP Tour: 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, 2020s.”

Mats Wilander, former World No1 and seven-time Grand Slam champion, told L’Equipe: “Roger Federer’s comeback at almost 40 years of age shows the incredible passion that drives him. I have never seen someone who loves tennis as much as he does. Nadal has a passion for competition. Roger, he’s interested in the game of tennis.”