The “Can't Stop the Feeling!” singer co-wrote the song for the “Trolls” soundtrack with Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster, though it was Jessica Biel who alerted JT to his nomination.
He told Deadline,
I was recovering from a late night at the studio… So when I woke up, there was a whirlwind of emails and texts, but my wife broke the news to me, which was even sweeter. We were just giddy this morning, and I'm still like in a tornado. I'm just really honored and grateful they recognized the song. I've honestly been walking around today thinking, 'Did that happen?' Obviously it was a great year for Max and Johan and myself with the success of the song. I'm having a pinch-yourself moment.
Aw! Justin sounds like every middle schooler who's ever checked a cast list for “Annie” and walked away with a GOOD orphan role. Like Molly. Or the mean one.
He isn't getting his hopes too high, though. The former *NSYNC-er is up against the likes of Sting, Lin-Manuel Miranda and all those jazz guys from “La La Land” (JK, Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. I see you).
He told the site,
I'm really humbled by the whole thing… I think most of all, I was excited the whole year that people responded to the song. Now more than ever we need something that puts a kick in someone's step and unites us through a good feeling. I think that is what I was always most happy about, that it gives people a good feeling. For the Academy to recognize the song? Wow. Yeah, I'm pinching myself.
Still, winning an Oscar wouldn't be the wildest next step for the four-time Emmy winner and nine-time Grammy winner.
Find out how your first imaginary boyfriend fares when the Oscars air on February 26.