Diane Warren will ‘Fight’ to win Best Song Oscar on her 10th try against her former co-nominee Lady Gaga

Songwriter extraordinaire Diane Warren just received her 10th Oscar nomination for Best Original Song, but she has never won, so it’s appropriate that her song is titled “I’ll Fight.” It’s featured in “RBG,” which is also nominated for Best Documentary Feature for chronicling the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Can Warren finally win? Her toughest threat is actually an artist she was previously nominated with: Lady Gaga. (Check out the complete list of nominees here.)

Warren and Gaga were nominated together for co-writing “Til it Happens to You” from the documentary “The Hunting Ground” (2015) about the epidemic of sexual assaults on college campuses. They were expected to win that award, but they were upset by British singer-songwriter Sam Smith for “Writing’s on the Wall” from the James Bond film “Spectre.”

Now Warren is up for “I’ll Fight,” which was performed by Jennifer Hudson, while Gaga is nominated with co-writers Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt for “Shallow,” the love song performed by Gaga and Bradley Cooper in the musical romance “A Star is Born.” “Shallow” has already won at the Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards, and it’s even up for four Grammys. Is Warren a match for that this year? Ironically, Warren also contributed to the “Star is Born” soundtrack, co-writing “Why Did You Do That?” with Gaga, but “Shallow” was the only song from the film pushed for Oscar consideration.

Win or lose, it’s unlikely that the prolific Warren will stop “Fighting” for that Oscar, and her persistence may pay off. Just look at fellow musician Randy Newman, who lost 14 times before finally winning his first Oscar for the song “If I Didn’t Have You” from “Monsters, Inc.” (2001) — beating Warren that year coincidentally. Then he won again for “We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3” (2010).

Check out the complete list of Diane Warren nominations below (who she lost to are in parentheses):

1987: “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” from “Mannequin” (lost to “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” from “Dirty Dancing”)

1996: “Because You Loved Me” from “Up Close and Personal” (lost to “You Must Love Me” from “Evita”)

1997: “How Do I Live” from “Con Air” (lost to “My Heart Will Go On” from “Titanic”)

1998: “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” from “Armageddon” (lost to “When You Believe” from “The Prince of Egypt”)

1999: “Music of My Heart” from “Music of the Heart” (lost to “You’ll Be in My Heart” from “Tarzan”)

2001: “There You’ll Be” from “Pearl Harbor” (lost to “If I Didn’t Have You” from “Monsters, Inc.”)

2014: “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights” (lost to “Glory” from “Selma”)

2015: “Til it Happens to You” from “The Hunting Ground” (lost to “Writing’s on the Wall” from “Spectre”)

2017: “Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall” (lost to “Remember Me” from “Coco”)

2018: “I’ll Fight” from “RBG” (result pending)

Be sure to check out how our experts rank this year’s Oscar contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own Oscar predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until winners are announced on February 24.

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