The Wrestler (5:28)

Cover of Working on a Dream

From Working on a Dream and 1 other release

The origins of the song are based in a lost and resumed friendship between Bruce Springsteen and Wrestler lead actor Mickey Rourke; Rourke told Springsteen about his comeback film and asked if Springsteen could write a song for it. Springsteen subsequently did, played it for Rourke and director Darren Aronofsky before a concert. When they liked it, Springsteen gave them the song for no fee.

It made its debut n August 2008 at the 65th Venice International Film Festival debut of the film The Wrestler. On January 11, 2009, it won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song during the 66th Golden Globe Awards.

Although expected to be nominated for Best Song as well in the 81st Academy Awards, but unfortunately it was “snubbed” by the Oscars, who decided to only nominate three songs instead of the usual five.

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