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The singer has scored a nomination for Best Actress for her role in the blockbuster remake of A Star is Born

By Robyn Merrett
January 22, 2019 11:55 PM
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Lady Gaga was overcome with emotion after finding out she scored an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her role in A Star Is Born.

The singer, 32, told The New York Times on Tuesday she slept through the nominations but “woke up about 8:30.”

“I didn’t know anything about it,” Gaga said.

She then dialed her manager, who told her the news. “I just burst into tears,” Gaga told the Times.

Since the news broke, a number of fans and celebrities, including her friend Tony Bennett, have expressed their excitement for the singer and actress.

After performing together at the kickoff to her JAZZ & PIANO residency in Las Vegas on Sunday, her one-time album collaborator tweeted his congratulations to Mother Monster for making Oscar history as the first person nominated in lead acting and original song. The Grammy winner is the favorite to triumph in the latter category with her hit “Shallow.”

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Lady Gaga
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“Dear Lady – I always knew you could do anything at the highest level of artistry,” the 92-year-old Bennett shared on Twitter. “Congratulations on your Oscar nominations! Love, Tony.”

Gaga is going up against likely frontrunner Glenn Close, who has been nominated in the same category for her role in The Wife.

Ever since the two leading ladies tied at the Critics’ Choice Awards, many are wondering if a tie could happen again at the Oscars. (It’s possible, but rare.)

In The Wife, Close, 71, plays the spouse of an esteemed writer who reflects back on their marriage as they travel to Stockholm to accept his Nobel Prize in Literature.

In her Golden Globes speech, the actress said “it took 14 years to make this film,” an exceptionally long time to see a film through development hell. She’s been nominated for an Oscar seven times – but hasn’t yet won.

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born
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Meanwhile, Gaga shot onto the acting scene with a tour de force performance in Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, A Star Is Born, as Ally, a struggling musician looking for success and love. While the singer lost to Close at the Golden Globes for the best actress prize, she did win the award for best original song.

Far more people vote for Oscars than for critics’ awards, but ties have happened. The most memorable one in Oscars history occurred in 1969 when both Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand both took home the award for Best Actress.