Artist, composer, producer, performer, arranger, conductor are among the many titles Stephan Moccio, a graduate of Saint Paul Catholic High School might use to describe himself on any given day. By the end of this month, he may be able to add “Oscar-winning” to his resume. Moccio, who was one of Niagara Catholic’s first Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, is up for an Academy Award for Earned It, which he co-wrote with Toronto rapper The Weeknd, for the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.
Earned It is up for Best Original Song at the February 28 Oscars. The song was also nominated for three Grammy Awards (Best Songwriter for Visual Media, Best R& B Song and Best R&B Performance) and The Weeknd brought home the Grammy for the latter award at the Grammy’s February 16.