After 9 Noms, Songwriter Would Like Her Oscar Please

Diane Warren jokes that she's the Susan Lucci of songwriters
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 21, 2018 11:36 AM CST
In this Feb. 5, 2018 file photo, Diane Warren poses for a portrait at the 90th Academy Awards nominees luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif. Warren, along with rapper Common, is nominated for best original...   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Songwriter Diane Warren is overdue for an Oscar, and she has no reservations about admitting it. "I am not going to say, 'I don't need to win. I don't care,'" Warren told the AP. "I want to win. Come on, it's been eight times that I haven't." Warren joked she was the Susan Lucci of songwriters. Her previous nominations include well-known songs like "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," by Aerosmith, featured in Armageddon, and Trisha Yearwood's "How Do I Live," featured in Con Air. But the Grammy-winning songwriter said she's never been more excited for a nomination than she is for "Stand Up for Something," which she wrote for the Thurgood Marshall biopic Marshall. The song, nominated for best original song, features singer Andra Day and was co-written with rapper Common. "It would be really great if it does (win)," Warren said. "I'll probably faint."

Warren thought her best chance at winning an Oscar came in 2015 when a song she wrote with Lady Gaga, "Til It Happens to You," was nominated after appearing in a documentary about sexual assault on campus called The Hunting Ground. Warren said she was so sure the song would win that a friend posted copies of her planned acceptance speech around her home so she could practice it. Ultimately Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes won in the best original song category for "Writing's on the Wall" from Spectre. But Warren did get to give her speech when she won an Emmy for outstanding original music and lyrics. This latest nominated song feels like an extension of "Til It Happens to You," Warren said. The 90th annual Academy Awards will air live on ABC on March 4.


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