Look out, ‘cause here they come to the Oscars, it seems.
Songwriting duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul made it two in a row Sunday night during the Golden Globes, winning their second consecutive prize for the Greatest Showman original song “This Is Me.” Last year, the duo won for the La La Land theme “City of Stars,” alongside composer Justin Hurwitz.
“This Is Me,” as sung by theatre veteran Keala Settle in the musical, is designed as an empowerment anthem for and by the cast of circus performers that the Showman himself, P.T. Barnum, assembles. (Considering the song is actually a response to Barnum ignoring the performers, how effective it is in the muddled film is up for debate.)
2017 was a very good year for the pair, as they won not just an Oscar, but a Tony for their Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen. They failed to EGOT, however, as an original tune they wrote for a musical episode of The Flash did not win an Emmy. They’ll have another shot this year, with original songs they wrote for A Christmas Story Live!, the FOX live event based on their Broadway musical.
The Greatest Showman is also up for Best Picture, Comedy/Musical at the Golden Globes. “This Is Me” is likely to repeat its nomination, if not its win, at the Oscars.