Lady Gaga is officially an Oscar winner. "Shallow" just swam past its competition to take home Best Original Song at Sunday's 2019 Academy Awards ceremony, just like we all knew it would. Is someone yelling really loudly at a very high frequency or am I having a stroke? (Or is it both?!)
The runaway smash hit from Bradley Cooper's directorial debut, A Star Is Born, has barely left the top position on the US charts since the film's release. It was the clear favorite to win (just like Ally at the Grammys -- but with less urine). As the film was shut out in the major categories at major ceremonies after a lengthy and disappointing awards season, the film's Oscar chances came to rest entirely on "Shallow" -- and thankfully, it did not disappoint.
Accepting the award, an emotional Gaga thanked Cooper, co-writer Mark Ronson, and her family. "If you are at home and you're sitting on your couch and you're watching this right now, all I have to say is that this is hard work...... It's not about winning, but what it's about is not giving up.It's not about how many times you get rejected or fall down or you're beaten up. It's about how many times you stand up and you're brave and you keep going."
Earlier in the ceremony, Gaga and Cooper performed "Shallow" live, walking directly to the stage with no introduction and launching into the song that has come to define this awards season, a move of such overpowering Big Dick Energy that I'm feeling sore just writing about it.