Lady Gaga Tells Bradley Cooper 'Thank You for Believing in Us' in Teary Oscar Speech
Lady Gaga teared up as she accepted the Oscar for Best Original Song and thanked her costar and director Bradley Cooper
As predicted, the biggest contender for Best Original Song at the 2019 Oscars is taking home the statuette: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper‘s smash hit duet from A Star Is Born picked up the Academy Award at this year’s ceremony on Sunday.
The Oscar goes to Gaga, along with co-writers Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt.
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“Shallow” — which also won a Grammy and a Golden Globe — was up against fellow nominees “All the Stars” from Black Panther, “I’ll Fight” from RBG, “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns and “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
In her acceptance speech, the singer teared up as she thanked those that are closest to her.
“Thank you so much. To the Academy for this wonderful honor. Thank you to every single person in this room. Thank you to Mark Ronson, to Anthony Rossomando, to Andrew Wyatt my co-writers, I love them so much. To my sister, my soul mate, I love you,” she said, crying.
“My family is here, I love you, mom and dad,” she continued. “Bradley, there is not a single person on the planet that could’ve sung this song with me but you. Thank you for believing in us, thank you so much.”
“If you are at home and sitting on your couch watching this right now, all I have to say is this is hard work,” she added. “I have worked hard for a long time, and it is not about winning, but it’s about not giving up. If you have a dream, fight for it. There’s a discipline for passion, and it’s not about how many times you get rejected or you fall down or beaten up, it’s about how many times you stand up and are brave. Thank you.”
Her collaborator, Mark Ronson, added, “She acts, she writes, she sings the songs. Lady Gaga, we salute you for this.”
Gaga is also nominated for Best Actress, her costar and director Cooper is nominated for Best Actor, and the film is also up for Best Picture. Cooper’s directorial debut follows up-and-coming singer Ally (Gaga) as veteran performer Jackson Maine (Cooper) helps launch her career.
Gaga previously revealed that she actually slept through the nominations — but “burst into tears” when she awoke to the news three hours later.
“To be recognized as the lead actress and a musician at the same time, I can’t tell you what that means to me,” Gaga told The New York Times.
“These are not Oscar nominations for me, these are Oscar nominations for the Germanottas,” continued the star, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta. “I come from an Italian-immigrant family, and this feels like a very big win for them. This film was a lot of hard work, and I wouldn’t know that hard work if I didn’t know the hard work of the lineage of my family.”
“Shallow” marks Gaga’s second nomination in the Best Original Song category following 2016’s “Til It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground.
The 91st Academy Awards were presented live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday.