Country music legend Dolly Parton appeared in Los Angeles on Monday to perform ‘Girl in the Movies’, an original song she wrote and recorded for the new Netflix feature “Dumplin'”.
The film is based on Julie Murphy’s 2015 best-selling young novel of the same name about the plus-size daughter (Danielle Macdonald) of a former beauty pageant queen (Jennifer Aniston), who signs up to compete in the same small Texas town pageant as a protest. Things escalate when other contestants follow in her footsteps.
Parton performed the song, one of six original numbers she and Linda Perry wrote for the film, to a ballroom full of journalists at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. Parton also made it clear what she was doing: “We’re just happy to be here because we’re actually out politicking trying to get our song heard and maybe get nominated for an award on those Oscars and all that stuff. We’re really, really proud of this.”
Parton also did six re-recordings of her classic hits for the film. Netflix is planning to release “Dumplin'” sometime before the end of the year for awards qualification.
The film’s tracks are expected to be a welcome bit of competition to the “A Star is Born” remake which is expected to have at least one number up for a nomination. “Shallow” and “I’ll Never Love Again” are the best bets, but one song has already been ruled out according to Vulture – “Why Did You Do That?”.
That song, also known by Gaga fans as the ‘Butt Song’ due to one lyric in it, is penned by both Gaga and the legendary Diane Warren and is arguably the most Gaga-like track of the whole film as opposed to the more somber ballads that dominate the rest. Warren and Gaga’s previous collaboration, “Til It Happens to You,” was nominated for an Oscar in 2016.
— Marc Malkin (@marcmalkin) 22 October 2018
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