FILM #23

OF 39

FEBRUARY 21, 2023

DAY 29

OF 48

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures
(Original Song)
Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
Performed By Sofia Carson

Diane Warren is a force of nature. No matter how unseen a film is, if she writes a song for it, chances are it will get noticed by the Academy. Her 13 Oscar nominations speak for themselves. And this year, Warren was awarded an Honorary Academy Award for her consistent work in film.

This year’s film, plucked from obscurity, is titled “Tell It Like A Woman” and is seven short films weaved into a feature. All directed by and starring women, each short film looks at women from different walks of life navigating the issues in front of them. The film has big names like Jennifer Hudson, Marcia Gay Harden, Eva Longoria, and Cara Delevingne in front of the camera and Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight”), and Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”) behind it.

Singing the song in the film is “Descendants” star Sofia Carson. A ballad of self-empowerment, the lyrics center on giving “yourself some applause, you deserve it.” Carson’s voice sings the melody beautifully, and if we’re being honest, the song and her performance are the best things to come out of the film.


Guillermo del Toro

94th Academy Awards (2021)Best Original Song“Somehow You Do” from “Four Good Days”Nominee
93rd Academy Awards (2020)Best Original Song“Io Sì (Seen)” from “The Life Ahead (La Vita Davanti a Se)”Nominee
92nd Academy Awards (2019)Best Original Song“I’m Standing With You” from “Breakthrough”Nominee
91st Academy Awards (2018)Best Original Song“I’ll Fight” from “RBG”Nominee
90th Academy Awards (2017)Best Original Song“Stand Up For Something” from “Marshall”Nominee
88th Academy Awards (2015)Best Original Song“Til It Happens To You” from “The Hunting Ground”Nominee
87th Academy Awards (2014)Best Original Song“Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights”Nominee
74th Academy Awards (2001)Best Original Song“There You’ll Be” from “Pearl Harbor”Nominee
72nd Academy Awards (1999)Best Original Song“Music Of My Heart” from “Music of the Heart”Nominee
71st Academy Awards (1998)Best Original Song“I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” from “Armageddon”Nominee
70th Academy Awards (1997)Best Original Song“How Do I Live” from “Con Air”Nominee
69th Academy Awards (1996)Best Original Song“Because You Loved Me” from “Up Close and Personal”Nominee
60th Academy Awards (1987)Best Original Song“Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” from “Mannequin”Nominee

‘Tell It Like A Woman’ is an anthology film made of 7 short stories whose common denominator is the representation of female protagonists. Each of these very different women faces a particular challenge in their life with extreme determination and courage that makes them stronger and more self-aware.

Directed by Silvia Carobbio, Catherine Hardwicke, Taraji P. Henson, Mipo Oh, Lucía Puenzo, Maria Sole Tognazzi, and Leena Yadav
Samuel Goldwyn Films
October 7, 2022
112 minutes


Capri, Hollywood Awards — Best Original Song [Winner]
Hollywood Music In Media Awards — Best Original Song/Independent Film [Winner]
Satellite Awards — Best Original Song (Nominee)
Society of Composers and Lyricists Awards — Outstanding Original Song for a Dramatic or Documentary Visual Media Production [Winner]


1. “Naatu Naatu” from “RRR”
2. “Lift Me Up” from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
3. “Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick”
4. “This Is a Life” from “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
5. “Applause” from “Tell It Like a Woman”


1. “Lift Me Up” from “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
2. “Hold My Hand” from “Top Gun: Maverick”
3. “Applause” from “Tell It Like a Woman”
4. “This Is a Life” from “Everything Everywhere All at Once”
5. “Naatu Naatu” from “RRR”

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