Diane Warren, 12-time Oscar nominee, hopes for ‘awesome’ win

A trophy for the Italian-language film’s song, “Io Si (Seen),” would be Warren’s first after 11 previous Academy Award nominations came up short.

“Ja, it would be great to win. Dit sal wees (eksplisiet) awesome,” Warren said. “I feel like a team that’s gone to the World Series for decades and decades, and never wins.

A triumph would be especially sweet for the veteran songwriter whose first Oscar bid was in 1988 (for the romcomMannequin”). Die Academy Awards ceremony, originally set for February and delayed by the pandemic, airs April 25, the birthday of her late father, David Warren, and a coincidence that she callsso cool.

He believed in me so much he would take me to music publishers when I was 14 or 15,Warren said. “My mom would be saying, ‘Why are you doing it? Why are you encouraging her? She can’t make a living off that.’

Warren, who grew up in Los Angeles, recounted her dad’s reply: “She has talent. She really, really wants this.

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Her gifts and drive led to success in a range of pop music genres and in film, with her past Oscar contenders includingI Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” by Aerosmith and featured in 1998’sArmageddon.It was a hit tune, one of Warren’s many that includeIf I Could Turn Back Timeby Cher. Toss out a big name — Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga — and Warren has likely worked with them.

She’s a confessed workaholic who typically writes solo but joined with Common on the 2019 Oscar-nominatedStand Up for Something” vir “Marshall,” a biopic about the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.

The Life Aheadbrought a new form of collaboration. Warren had written the music and words for the song when director Edoardo Ponti — Loren’s son — realized the Italian-language film needed lyrics to match. Italian pop star-songwriter Laura Pausini was brought in for the task and shares the Oscar nomination.

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Warren’s music and lyrics are “ongelooflik,” said Pausini, who recordedIo Sifor the film. The song and the movie carry the same message, “and that’s the goal.

In “The Life Ahead,” Loren plays the aged Madame Rosa, a former prostitute and Holocaust survivor who helps sex workers by taking in their children. She reluctantly adds an orphaned, street-tough Senegalese youngster known as Momo to her small brood, and the pair move gradually from distrust to love. Impressive newcomer Ibrahima Gueye, himself an immigrant to Italië from Senegal, plays the boy.

The third movie adaptation of the 1975 Romain Gary novelThe Life Before Usis a wrenchingly tender story of those who live on the margins of — and largely are invisible to — society, which prompted Warren’s approach to the song.

The first thing I came up with, sitting at my piano, was, ‘I want you to know that you’re seen,’ she said, breaking briefly into an a cappella performance. “It’s so simple but it’s so profound, because we all want to be seen.

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The song became an integral part of the movie, heard in its translated version over the closing scene. Filmmaker Ponti gladly gives credit to Warren, who approached him in 2019 voorheen “The Life Aheadwent into production with Ponti’s legendary mother.

LÊER - Diane Warren poses for a portrait at the 90th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon on Feb. 5, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Kalifornië. Warren is nominated for an Oscar for best original song for her work in 'The Life Ahead' starring Sophia Loren. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, lêer)

LÊER – Diane Warren poses for a portrait at the 90th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon on Feb. 5, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Kalifornië. Warren is nominated for an Oscar for best original song for her work in ‘The Life Aheadstarring Sophia Loren. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, lêer)

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