Songwriter Diane Warren doesn’t mince words when it comes to how she views Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Warren declares, “She’s so powerful! Her mom taught her to not raise her voice but yet, with soft voice she speaks so loudly.” In our recent webchat (watch the video above), she adds that Jennifer Hudson is the perfect person to sing this anthem because she can use her voice loudly without the repercussions that Ginsburg might face if she were to raise the tone of her voice more: “It’s almost like Hudson is like her avatar as a diva.”
“RBG” has been one of this year’s biggest documentaries, telling the life story of Justice Ginsburg from her time as a law student at Harvard and Columbia, to the groundbreaking work she did fighting gender discrimination and eventually her tenure on the nation’s highest court. Warren adds that while she did know of Ginsburg and some of her work on the high court, she wasn’t as aware of other aspects of her life including one aspect that has become a standard in her songs, a romance. She says, “I wasn’t aware of the love story between her and her husband, Marty. I think part of the reason it’s doing so well is because of the story of that relationship.”
We also got to talking about what kind of songs she hopes to write in the future and if there were any directors she wanted to write a song for. She reveals, “I’ve been talking to Steven Spielberg for a long time and I always say to him, ‘Come on! There’s got to be something.’ But I’d love to do a song for one of his movies.” She does note that his films are very score heavy, so an original song might not be in the cards on that one.
Warren also discusses her track record at the Oscars. She has received nine nominations in the Best Original Song category going back over 30 years, but still hasn’t won. But that doesn’t bother Warren at all. “It’ll happen. Maybe it will be this or it will be something else.” She does prefer her current status to the alternative of winning early on and never getting recognized again. “If I had the choice of winning an Oscar a long time ago and never being nominated again or being nominated nine times and not winning, I’d choose nine nominations because it’s longevity. I’d rather have that. It’s like you’re still in the game, you’re still vibrant. But having said that, I’d like to win one.”
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