A recent article from the Hollywood Reporter announced that Michael J. Fox would receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, and Diane Warren, Peter Weir, and Euzhan Palcy would all receive Honorary Oscars at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ 13th Governors Awards on November 19.
We here at Oscars Central want to congratulate all these incredible winners on their remarkable careers and well-deserved Oscars. However, we want to focus on one person from this list in particular: Diane Warren.
Diane Warren has been extremely open about wanting an Oscar and has been trying hard over the past few years. Her first nomination came in 1988 for the song “Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now” for the movie Mannequin and has tallied an impressive 13 nominations sense. 7 of these nominations have come in the last 8 years with 2017 being her only year having missed a trip to the Oscars.
Her nominations, all coming in the Original Song category, are as follows:
- 1988: Mannequin – “Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now”
- 1997: Up Close & Personal – “Because You Loved Me”
- 1998: Con Air – “How Do I Live”
- 1999: Armageddon – “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing”
- 2000: Music of the Heart – “Music of My Heart”
- 2002: Pearl Harbor – “There You’ll Be”
- 2015: Beyond the Lights – “Grateful”
- 2016: The Hunting Ground – “Til it Happens to You”
- 2018: Marshall – “Stand Up for Something”
- 2019: RBG – “I’ll Fight”
- 2020: Breakthrough – “I’m Standing With You”
- 2021: The Life Ahead – “lo Si”
- 2022: Four Good Days – “Somehow You Do”
Warren will be the first songwriter to ever be granted an Honorary Oscar, and after such a prolific career it makes sense. Likely her closest win, and one she absolutely should have won, came in 2016 with her and Lady Gaga’s “Til it Happens to You”; this performance is still one of the Oscar’s best.
Does this mean Warren will stop her search for an Oscar? Likely, no. Warren loves the Oscars and loves the Academy. In a People Exclusive Interview, Warren says:
“If I had to choose winning years ago and then never getting nominated again, I would choose this. Because this is longevity, this is respect by my peers, which is the best. That’s a win,” Warren explained. “It’s a legacy. It’s like, I’m still in the game. My first nomination was 1988 and I’m still here. How cool is that?”People.com
So be prepared for more tracks from Diane Warren in the future, and more Oscar nominations for one of the most heralded movie songwriters of all time. Because even if she finally has a little gold statue on her shelf, I doubt she’s finished trying for more.