Song by Māori actress Keala Settle takes out Golden Globe

Keala Settle at Golden Globes.
Keala Settle at Golden Globes. Photo credit: Getty

This year's Golden Globes have been momentous for one Kiwi connection - Māori
actress Keala Settle, who performed the anthem that won Best Original Song in a Motion Picture.

Settle, a Broadway performer, has heritage and family in Aotearoa. She is front and centre as inspirational bearded lady Lettie in recent musical The Greatest Showman. Her solo performance of 'This is Me' is the film anthem and took out the coveted award in Monday's ceremony.

The film stars Hollywood heavyweights, like Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron.

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who co-wrote the music and lyrics, accepted the award at the Globes and thanked Settle for her part in bringing it to life.

"Keala performed the song and her story inspired the song... so we thank you," they said.

'This is Me' beat out the signature tunes from Mudbound, The Star, Ferdinand and Coco.

Previously, actor Hugh Jackman told Newshub that Settle was "one of those people you immediately fall in love with".

"She's the most talented, authentic, real, generous person I've ever met."



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