Lady Gaga, who hit a lot more notes than “do-re-mi” with her musical tribute to “The Sound of Music” at last February’s Academy Awards, is a nominee this year for co-writing the song “Til It Happens to You” from “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary on campus rapes.
An Oscar win would not only be a first for Gaga, but a long-time-coming victory for her songwriting partner Diane Warren.
This year marks the eighth time Warren has been nominated in the best original song category, including for the pop hits “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” (from the 1987 comedy “Mannequin”) and Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” (as featured in the 1998 sci-fi adventure “Armageddon”).
If Warren loses again, she can find inspiration from songwriter Randy Newman. It took 16 nominations (eight for original song, eight for original score) before he finally won an Oscar for writing “If I Didn’t Have You” for the 2001 Pixar smash “Monsters Inc.”