Lady Gaga will perform Oscar-nominated original song “Til It Happens to You,” from “The Hunting Ground,” at this Saturday’s Producers Guild Awards ceremony, where “Hunting Ground” producer Amy Ziering will accept the PGA’s Stanley Kramer Award for raising awareness about social issues.
In promoting her heartfelt single, a portion of proceeds from which will be donated to organizations that support survivors of sexual assault, Gaga is also on the ever-important Oscar campaign trail, after two news-making knocks on her credibility. First, Leonardo DiCaprio seemed to sneer at her Golden Globe win for “American Horror Story: Hotel,” in a GIF that went viral. (He denies he meant anything by it.) Then, earlier this week, 4 Non Blondes’ Linda Perry claimed (and soon thereafter apologized for claiming) that Gaga did not contribute enough to Diane Warren’s writing of “Til It Happens to You” to merit the joint nomination.
It may be that actors don’t take Gaga seriously, though musicians (well, except Linda Perry) do. Still, the controversies could generate sympathy for Gaga, who’s up against Sam Smith’s oft-dissed Golden Globe-winning “Skyfall” theme in the Oscar race. She may need it. Only one single from a documentary (Melissa Etheridge’s “I Need to Wake Up,” in “An Inconvenient Truth”) has ever won Best Original Song.