Google's 'Year in Search' Finds Love and Hope Among the Lowlights of 2016

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Simone Biles Feature Alongside Trump, Brexit and Syria

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News coverage of some of the world's most shocking news stories -- including Brexit, the election of Trump, the Orlando shooting and Syria -- kicks Google's "Year in Search" video for 2016. Yet as the film continues, it manages to find bright points and a message of hope among the lowlights and controversial happenings of this year.

In each piece of footage, the rectangular Google search box appears, to highlight words or symbolic images: like a "Refugees welcome" sign or the supermoon rising. Included in the montage are Simone Biles at the Rio Olympics; the Chicago Cubs' World Series win; Beyonce's release of "Lemonade" and the deaths of Prince, Gene Wilder, David Bowie, Muhammad Ali, Nancy Reagan and Alan Rickman. Trump's handshake with Obama portrays the President-Elect in a more hopeful light, and Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders also feature, as does Lin-Manuel Miranda's emotional Tony's speech. The film ends with the words "Love is out there. Search on."

Created by 72andSunny, the film is set to the uplifting strains of "Light the Sky" by Grace Vanderwaal.

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Dec 14, 2016
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