Monday, May 27, 2024

Diane Warren First Songwriter To Get Oscar Lifetime Achievement, Joined by Michael J. Fox, Peter Weir, Euzhan Palchy


Our long national nightmare is over: Diane Warren is getting her Oscar.

After a record 13 nominations, Warren is the first songwriter ever to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.

She will be joined this November by Michael J. Fox, director Peter Weir and director Euzhan Palcy.

Fox will get the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for his exceptional work raising money for Parkinsons Disease research.

Weir has directed some incredible movies like “The Year of Living Dangerously,” “Witness,” “Dead Poets Society,” “The Truman Show” and “Master and Commander.” He became famous with “PIcnic at Hanging Rock.”

Euzhan Palcy’s credits include a great film everyone should see, “A Dry White Season” with Marlon Brando and Susan Sarandon. Palcy is a writer, director and producer born in Martinique in the French West Indies. Her first feature film, “Sugar Cane Alley,” won the Silver Lion at the 1983 Venice Film Festival, a first for a Black director. It went on to win a César Award for Best First Work, the first César won by a woman director and by a Black filmmaker.

For Warren, this is a sweet moment. Her movie songs include “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” “Because You Loved Me,” “How Do I Live,” “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing,” “Til It Happens To You” and “Stand Up for Something.” She has collaborated with such prominent music artists as Beyoncé, Cher, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, Lady Gaga, John Legend, Reba McEntire and Carlos Santana. This statue is a long time coming and much deserved.

Great choices by the Academy. Congrats to all!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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