He was an early signing to the DreamWorks label, which was partly owned by Steven Spielberg and had their hooks in films as well as music. In 2001, the label helped secure Wainwright two high-profile placements: His cover of "Across The Universe
" was used in the film I Am Sam
, and his sublime rendition of "Hallelujah
" appeared in Shrek
. These covers, especially of "Hallelujah," are streamed far more than any of his original songs.