Best Original Song 2015: “Till It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground

ladygaga_oscarsLady Gaga at the Academy Awards earlier this year (via Business Insider)

Written by: Stefani Germanotta, a.k.a. Lady Gaga, and Diane Warren
Performed by: Stefani Germanotta, a.k.a. Lady Gaga

The Facts

Oscar History
Warren has seven Oscar nominations:

  • Nominated: Best Original Song (alongside Albert Hammond) for “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” from Mannequin (1987)
  • Nominated: Best Original Song for “Because You Loved Me” from Up Close & Personal (1996)
  • Nominated: Best Original Song for “How Do I Live” from Con Air (1997)
  • Nominated: Best Original Song for “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” from Armageddon (1998)
  • Nominated: Best Original Song for “Music of My Heart” from Music of the Heart (1999)
  • Nominated: Best Original Song for “There You’ll Be” from Pearl Harbor (2001)
  • Nominated: Best Original Song for “Grateful” from Beyond the Lights (2014)

This Year
Awards: N/A
Nominations: N/A
Billboard Hot 100 peak (as of Sept. 9): N/A

About the Film

Festivals:

  • Sundance Film Festival – World Premiere (Jan. 23, 2015)

U.S. Distributor: Radius-TWC
U.S. Release Date: Feb. 27, 2015 (limited)
U.S. Box Office: $405,917 (as of Aug. 23, 2015)

Why? Warren was seen as a potential upset for her Beyond the Lights tune last year; she could very well win this year (finally) for “Till It Happens to You.” In a twist, the unlikely duo of Warren and Gaga sees both artists working well (denying their traditional strengths and improving on perceived weaknesses?) to create this harrowing song for a documentary with tough yet important subject matter.

Why not? Several soundtrack songs boasted crucial roles in big movies, and some of those became chart-topping hits. So, despite Gaga’s high profile and Warren’s industry clout, the relatively low profile of The Hunting Ground may inhibit the song’s chances of Oscar glory if Radius-TWC fails to campaign it. Even so, another documentary track – Alicia Keys’ “Story to Tell” from He Named Me Malala – may steal its thunder.

Ranking No. 1 as of Sept. 9, 2015

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