In a big get for the PGA, Lady Gaga has been added to the lineup of this Saturday’s Producers Guild Of America Awards where she will perform her Oscar- and Grammy-nominated song “Til It Happens To You” from director Kirby Dick’s documentary The Hunting Ground. The pic is the recipient of the guild’s Stanley Kramer Award. Producer Amy Ziering will accept the honor at the awards gala being held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in L.A.
The Kramer Award is given to a production that highlights social issues, and Dick’s film focusing on sexual assault survivors on college campuses certainly seems to fit the definition of that. The song, written by Gaga and Diane Warren, is a powerful even angry anthem that is one of the favorites to take the Best Song Oscar this year.
Certainly performing at the PGAs offers an opportunity for scores of Academy voters to hear it in person. It is also one of the ways contenders can get around the Academy’s stringent post-nomination rules that don’t allow direct campaign events where performances like this are verboten. Lady Gaga has appeared singing the song at a couple of those in the pre-nomination period to great effect. She even introduced it at one event I attended where she revealed she had once been the victim of rape herself,
The PGA Awards are the first major stop on the industry circuit and are being looked at closely to give clues for this year’s tight Best Picture race. The guild’s choice has correctly forecast the ultimate winner of the Oscar for Best Picture in each of the past eight years.