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Common and Diane Warren's Oscar-nominated song asks us to 'Stand Up for Something'




Songwriters Diane Warren and Common collaborated on the Oscar-nominated song
Songwriters Diane Warren and Common collaborated on the Oscar-nominated song "Stand Up for Something" for the film "Marshall."
Rochelle Brodin

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More than 160 current Oscar nominees gathered on Monday in Beverly Hills for the annual Academy Award nominees luncheon.

It’s one of the few moments during the hectic awards season when filmmakers, actors, and below-the-line artisans such as makeup designers and sound editors can relax and mingle.

It’s also a sort of odd window into the fact that all these entertainers will soon participate in the March 4 awards telecast. That’s most evident when Oscar producers gently remind everyone how to give a good acceptance speech.

The event ends with the nominees gathering for a big group photo:

Oscar class of 2018 photo taken on Feb. 5, 2018.
Oscar class of 2018 photo taken on Feb. 5, 2018.
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 After the luncheon wrapped up, we headed downstairs from the ballroom to a dining room to talk with Diane Warren and Common.

The songwriters and performers are nominated for the song “Stand Up for Something” from “Marshall,” a film about the early legal career of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to sit on the court



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