Dave Grohl is having a pretty awesome time as the year nears its end. In the past few weeks, he has raked in two Grammy nods and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination (with Nirvana), and now he’s on the long list for a possible Oscar. “An Oscar?” you ask. Yes, dear friends, an Oscar. And it’s all because of his documentary Sound City, which was released earlier this year.
Two years ago, because of the Oscars’ convoluted grading-inspired voting process for “Best Original Song,” the show found itself with only two musical nominations. Since that incredibly awkward 2012 situation, the academy put a new system in place.
To be eligible, the song must be specifically written for a movie and must be noticeable within the film or featured as the very first song at the end of the movie, when credits roll. For songs to make the list, they need at least five nominations from the members of the academy’s music branch. The songs with the most votes make the short list and, eventually, one will become the winner.
Grohl earned his way onto the list because of his hard work on this documentary about Sound City, a recording studio that has seen the likes of many legendary musicians, including Nirvana, Fleetwood Mac and Neil Young. The soundtrack is filled with songs from Grohl and other Sound City musicians, all paying tribute to the place that changed their lives.
The Oscar long list was the icing on the cake for Grohl’s already exceptionally good day. He also found out Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next April. Grohl doesn’t talk much about his days in Nirvana, with the way things came to a tragic ending when frontman Kurt Cobain took his own life. But we’re sure he’s proud to be recognized as part of the band that changed the face of rock music.
It’s that very work with Nirvana that also earned Grohl one of those two Grammy nominations just several weeks ago, too. Jay Z and Justin Timberlake sampled Nirvana’s breakout hit “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for the single “Holy Grail,” which is now up for Best Rap Song. Meanwhile, Grohl’s work with the rest of Nirvana and Paul McCartney on “Cut Me Some Slack” also has him up for Best Rock Song. Well played, Dave.
It’s been a big year for Grohl and Nirvana fans. This year marked the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s third and final album In Utero, which led to a special re-release of the landmark album along with tons of bonus tracks and demos. That very special release, as well as their team-up with McCartney, is how Nirvana ended up back in the limelight.
For many, this yearlong journey through the past would be a huge downer. Hopefully, Grohl’s ever-present optimism remains in effect throughout all the hubbub. But will Nirvana’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame mean another “Nirvana” performance with McCartney playing frontman? Only time will tell.