Diane Warren is just fine being the Susan Lucci of Oscar losers

Diane Warren is just fine being the Susan Lucci of Oscar losers

Glenn Shut is tipped to finish her Oscar dropping streak on Sunday together with her seventh nomination: Greatest Actress for “The Spouse.” However there’s one other girl nominated this 12 months who has performed the gracious, clap-and-smile loser much more occasions: Diane Warren, who acquired her 10th Greatest Authentic Music nod for “I’ll Combat” — a defiant ballad, sung by Jennifer Hudson in the Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary “RBG.”

“I acquired her beat by three!” says Warren, who, whereas she believes that Shut will lastly rating her first Academy Award, doesn’t suppose she herself stands an opportunity this 12 months: “I’m a nine-time loser, about to be a 10-time loser . . . towards some stiff competitors.”

The stiffest of that competitors comes from “Shallow” — the hit “A Star Is Born” duet with Bradley Cooper and Woman Gaga, who additionally cowrote it.

“I feel that has a bit extra of a shot than me this 12 months,” Warren says with fun about “the clear front-runner” in a discipline that additionally consists of “All the Stars,” the Kendrick Lamar and SZA hit from “Black Panther.”

However she’s OK if she goes house and not using a gold statue. Ten nominations “is a fairly cool achievement,” says Warren. “Wouldn’t it be good to win? Yeah, it’d be enjoyable. However then it provides me one thing to maintain working in the direction of.”

Diane Warren
Diane WarrenRochelle Brodin

Warren, 62, is aware of the way it feels to be up towards an unstoppable track akin to “Shallow.” In 1998, her Oscar-nominated tune “How Do I Reside” — sung by Trisha Yearwood in “Con Air” — was sunk by the “Titanic” smash “My Coronary heart Will Go On,” carried out by Céline Dion. The following 12 months, her “Armageddon” track, “I Don’t Need To Miss a Factor,” crashed out too, regardless of being a No. 1 single for Aerosmith.

The songwriter was first shortlisted for Oscar gold in 1988, for her “Model” tune “Nothing’s Gonna Cease Us Now.” Warren — who now describes Starship’s No. 1 single as “the track about the man f - - king a model” — doesn’t recall a lot about her first Oscar night time: “I had a extremely horrible outfit on, that’s all I keep in mind.”

Warren’s second Oscar nomination got here in 1997, for an additional Dion smash, “As a result of You Liked Me,” from “Up Shut & Private.” “I actually did suppose I used to be gonna win,” she says, “so I keep in mind being depressed that I didn’t.”

In 2016, she additionally had that profitable feeling for “Til It Occurs to You,” a track that Warren co-wrote with Woman Gaga for “The Searching Floor,” a documentary about sexual assault on faculty campuses. She actually thought it was lastly her second after “watching everyone sobbing round me” when Gaga carried out the track at the Oscars with a gaggle of sexual-assault survivors. When the winner, Sam Smith’s “Writing’s On the Wall,” from the Bond movie “Spectre,” was introduced, Warren says, “‘I used to be like, ‘Whaaat?’ ”

Warren — who has her personal connection to “A Star Is Born” from co-writing “Why Did You Do That?” (“the butt track,” as she calls it) with Gaga — heard “Shallow” early on and knew it was one thing particular: “I used to be like, ‘Yeah. That’s gonna work.’ ”

Nonetheless, as she rocks the “actually cool go well with” she acquired for Sunday’s Oscars, Warren says she is going to, like at all times, be ready together with her personal acceptance speech just in case: “I imply, yeah. I’ve my checklist of individuals to thank and stuff. Once I’ve written it on items of paper, I just crumble them again in my pocket after I lose.”


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