Lady Gaga Dedicates First Oscar Nomination to Survivors of Sexual Assault

by Stacy Lambe 10:30 AM PST, January 14, 2016
Playing Lady Gaga Dedicates First Oscar Nomination to Survivors of Sexual Assault

Less than a week after winning her first Golden Globe, Lady Gaga picked up her first Oscar nomination.

While Gaga’s surprise Golden Globe win was for her major acting debut on American Horror Story: Hotel, the Oscar recognition is for music. On Thursday, the singer, along with songwriter Diane Warren, was nominated for Best Original song for “Til It Happens to You.”

The track was written for The Hunting Ground, a documentary about sexual assault and rape crimes on college campuses around the U.S.

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Gaga, who is a victim of rape, dedicated the nomination to fellow survivors. “This nomination lends a voice to so many victims and their families around the world,” she said in a statement. “Thank you to The Academy for recognizing the movement of people who have come together around The Hunting Ground and “Til It Happens to You” in the name of sexual assault. Diane Warren and I are simply honored to represent the voices of so many survivors.”

Warren shared a similar sentiment. “It means a lot to Lady Gaga and me that the song has been recognized by the Academy and has also resonated so deeply with survivors of sexual assault, giving a voice to this movement as well as comfort and empowerment to those who have experienced any difficult situation in their lives,” she said in a statement. Warren herself has been nominated for seven Oscars in this category.

Prior to the nomination, Gaga opened up about her own experiences in the aftermath of being raped at 19, speaking candidly about the song in conversation with TimesTalk. "The only person in this scenario that can heal you is yourself, and that is the complicated process,” she remarked.

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“I didn't tell anyone for I think seven years," she shared. "I didn't know how to even think about it, I didn't know how to accept it, I didn't know how to not blame myself or think it was my fault. It was something that really changed my life. It changed who I was completely. It changed my body, it changed thoughts.”

While the nomination itself carries a heavy weight, the 2016 Academy Awards promise to be more of a celebratory affair thanks to an impending reunion between Gaga and fellow nominee, Leonardo DiCaprio.

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The two broke the Internet during the Golden Globes when DiCaprio made a funny face as Gaga walked by him to accept her award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film.

“I just didn’t know what was passing me -- that’s all!” the Revenant star explained to ET following the ceremony.

The two have since shared a laugh over the incident at CAA’s after party. “They were talking for a while. Lots of laughs going on," a source told ET. "It was all in good fun.”

Audiences will surely be on the lookout for another candid moment between the two as they both wait to find out if they take home Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28 when the Oscars are handed out live on ABC.