It's a meme, a chart-topper, a radio classic: Gloria Gaynor's infectious 1979 hit "I Will Survive" is one of those songs that you just know. Though it was initially released as a b-side, it rapidly gained momentum after its debut, and in the years since, it's resonated as an anthem of female empowerment and of gay pride, and it's been designated "culturally, historically, or artistically significant" by the Library of Congress. Quite a pedigree for a '70s disco hit.
"I Will Survive" is exuberant, a little overwrought: "At first, I was afraid; I was petrified," Gaynor emotes. "Kept thinking I could never live without you by my side." The track breaks out into a jubilant, thumping beat as the singer cries out, "Did you think I'd lay down and die? Oh, no, not I, I will survive." And while the song has long been interpreted through a socially conscious lens, it's the kind of anthem we need now more than ever with the inauguration approaching.
Oscar frontrunners (many of them recent Golden Globe honorees) like Emma Stone, Natalie Portman, Amy Adams, Chris Pine, and Taraji P. Henson lend their vocal chops to a reimagining of the 1979 classic.
From the dulcet voice of The Witch and Split star Anya Taylor-Joy, to a deadpan reading by Matthew McConaughey, to the "remix" danced out by Henson, these actors brought their A-game to this reimagining of "I Will Survive." It's an all-star cast, Oscar-worthy every one of them, but they've never looked better than this.