Chris Cornell could win posthumous Oscar for "The Promise"
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Late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell could be nominated for and possibly win a posthumous Academy Award for his song "The Promise," the title track to the film of the same name which came out last spring. The song was the last recording released by Cornell before his death last May and was penned by the singer at the request of his friend Eric Esrailian, who served as one of the film's producers.
In an interview conducted last April, Cornell said that he had free reign to write "The Promise" in whatever way he chose: "There are people who are really good at sort of made-to-order songwriting, and I'm not sure I'm one of those people. I don't think I am. I've done it a few times, you know, a handful of times I've written for other people or sort of written stylistically where somebody said, 'This is what I would like to hear,' but it's not my strong suit, I don't think."
- If nominated, Cornell's song could compete with other likely contenders from films like Coco, Beauty And The Beast and The Greatest Showman.
- Cornell had previously composed songs for movies such as Casino Royale, The Avengers, 12 Years A Slave and Machine Gun Preacher.
- The Promise, which starred Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac, was set during the time of the Armenian Genocide in the early 1900s, during which more than 1.5 million Armenians were displaced and slaughtered by Turkey's Ottoman Empire -- an atrocity never officially acknowledged by the Turkish government to this day.
- Cornell donated any proceeds from downloads of “The Promise” to support present-day refugees and children through the International Rescue Committee.
- Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Committee of Human Rights Watch gave its inaugural Promise Award to Cornell for advancing the values of equity and justice through his song. The award was accepted by Cornell's widow, Vicky, who was accompanied by Soundgarden's Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron.