The pop legend, who already has an Oscar under her belt for Best Original Song when she took home gold in 2019 for her hit track "Shallow" from A Star Is Born (where she was also nominated for Best Actress), stopped the show on Sunday night when she turned up at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's annual Oscar-viewing party, wearing a gorgeous yellow tulle dress. She skipped the red carpet for the actual ceremony, but will reportedly be attending the show later on as a guest presenter, according to sources.
Despite being a big, buzzed-about name and a veritable frontrunner during most of awards season and a whirlwind, headline-making press campaign — one that included tales of Gaga filming a steamy sex scene with her co-star Salma Hayek and a swarm of flies being sent to her by Patrizia Reggiani herself — the 35-year-old entertainer and multi-hyphenate wasn't able to secure her second Best Actress nomination. In fact, only a handful of LGBTQ+ talent and titles made the cut this year, including Best Actress nominee Kristen Stewart, who played Princess Diana in Spencer, Best Supporting Actress nominee Ariana DeBose, who played Anita in West Side Story, and Neon's triple-nominated, animated, gay documentary feature Flee.
Still, like a true professional, Gaga took the snub in stride when nominees were announced last month, taking to Instagram to congratulate this year's bath of nominees that included House of Gucci's hairstylist Frederic Aspiras for his nomination in the makeup and hairstyling category.
"I could not be happier for a man I call my brother, who I’ve worked with for the last 15 years, @fredericaspiras, for his nomination in Makeup & Hairstyling for House of Gucci," she wrote in her Insta caption. "Frederic was magical, precise, and dedicated months leading up to shoot and during filming. He prepared dozens of wigs for months and months and did at least a year of preparation. He’s a living genius and Freddie, we are all so grateful to just even be near your talent, creativity, and generosity of spirit. You continue to show your artistic DNA, your plan, your vision, and your deep connection to your family that drives you to excellence at all times. I love you, I’m rooting for you."
"To all the nominees this year, congratulations on all your hard work, dedication, your nomination, and YOUR magic," Gaga continued. "You all deserve major recognition for what was a truly beautiful landscape of performances and accomplishments this past year. Your dedication during [the pandemic], your huge hearts, and your ability to tell amazing stories is a gift to the whole world during what is for many a very hard time. Congratulations my friends. Bravo!"
Revisit Lady Gaga's performance in House of Gucci, which is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
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