Lady Gaga has been tipped for Oscar glory for her very first screen performance in A Star Is Born. Early buzz puts her in the running for Best Actress.
Modestly, Lady Gaga says the “artistic experience of creating this film” is reward enough, but nevertheless, early word says she’ll be a contender for Oscar glory in 2019.
Marking the third time 1937’s original A Star Is Born has been remade, Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut (he also co-writes and stars in the film) has been receiving rave reviews with praise going to its modern interpretation and the appealing performances.
Variety’s Kristopher Tapley was gushing in his praise, saying Gaga was “sensational” and an “absolute natural”. He adds, “When her version of the discovered talent, here called Ally, first steps onto a stage early in the film to perform one of her own songs for the first time — already a highlight from its positioning in the trailer alone — I’ve rarely seen so arresting a moment in cinema.”
Alonso Duralde of TheWrap said: “Cooper and Lady Gaga are dynamite together; this is a story that lives and dies by the central relationship and the instant chemistry that must blossom between them, and these two have it in spades.”
Following in the footsteps of a 1954 musical and the 1976 rock musical with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, 2018’s A Star Is Born sees Cooper’s hard-drinking country musician falling in love with Gaga’s young singer.
Lady Gaga is likely going to be up against Glenn Close when the 91st Academy Awards get under way. This may feel like deja vu for the Fatal Attraction actress who, 30 years ago, was first nominated for best actress alongside another pop star: Cher.
While critics themselves haven’t bestowed Gaga with the best actress honour directly, comments in reviews saying that she’s “charismatic”, “sensationally good,” and “nothing short of extraordinary”, have got fans thinking the acting debutante could bag an Academy Award at her first attempt.
Further evidence of her chances can be found at Oscar tracking site Goldderby putting Gaga a nose in front of Close with Melissa McCarthy, Olivia Colman and Viola Davis behind them.