On Tuesday, January 24, Diane Warren accomplished something extraordinary: She was nominated in the Oscars for the same year she received an honorary Oscar.
The reason that’s so significant is that every member of the music branch of the Academy – whose votes determined the nominations – knew that Warren just collected an honorary Oscar at a ritzy event in Century City, Calif., on Nov. 19. There was no urgent reason to honor her again so quickly.
So the fact that she was nominated for her song “Applause” from Tell It Like A Woman Warren’s support at the Academy speaks volumes about its depth.
We were already aware of that support. This was her 14th nomination for best original song – a total matched by only seven other songwriters in Oscar history. This is her sixth consecutive nomination in the category. It’s the longest streak of nominations since Alan Bergman (and his late wife Marilyn Bergman) were nominated six times in a row from 1968 to 1973.
Those are amazing statistics. Here’s another one: Warren is just the fifth person in Oscar history to receive a competitive Oscar nod in the same awards year that he or she received an honorary Oscar. Warren is the only person in the world of music who has done this. The double recipients of previous awards you may already be familiar with. The two others you may not, but we’ll fill you in.
First, let’s clarify something: Warren’s latest Oscar nomination was announced in 2023, and if she wins, she’ll receive the award in 2023, but the award is for the 2022 awards year. That’s how it’s listed in official Academy records. That’s also how her honorary Oscar is listed. It all works together.
Here’s a list of all five people who received a competitive Oscar nod in the same awards year that he or she received an honorary Oscar.