One of California State University, Northridge’s own is an Oscar nominee — for the eighth time.
Alumna Diane Warren ’78 (Music) was nominated Jan. 14, along with co-writer Lady Gaga for Best Original Song for “Til It Happens to You” from the film The Hunting Ground.
Warren, who was honored with the CSUN Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010, is one of the most accomplished songwriters of this generation, having also won a Golden Globe award in 2011 for “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” from the film Burlesque, and a Grammy in 1997 for “Because You Loved Me.” She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001.
The Hunting Ground is a documentary about alleged incidents of rape on college campuses.
“I am so excited about this nomination for my song ‘Til It Happens To You,’” Warren said. “It means a lot to Lady Gaga and me that the song has been recognized by the Academy and has resonated so deeply with survivors of sexual assault, giving a voice to this movement as well as comfort and empowerment to those who have experienced any difficult situation in their lives.”
Lady Gaga echoed her sentiments.
“This nomination lends a voice to so many victims and their families around the world,” she said. “Thank you to the Academy for recognizing the movement of people who have come together around The Hunting Ground and ‘Til It Happens To You’ in the name of sexual assault. Diane Warren and I are simply honored to represent the voices of so many survivors.”
The 88th Academy Awards are scheduled to take place on Sunday, Feb. 28, and will air live on ABC at 4 p.m. (PST) from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
This would be Warren’s first Oscar win. She also was nominated in 2015 for the song “Grateful” from the film Beyond the Lights.