Lady Gaga tied with Glenn Close to win Best Actress in Motion Picture for her role in “A Star Is Born” last night (Jan. 13) at the 2019 Critics' Choice Awards. The awards were given by the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) in a live ceremony in Santa Monica, California, which aired on The CW.
Gaga broke down into tears when her name was called as the winner. She hugged her director and co-star Bradley Cooper before taking the stage. In what is one of a series of heartfelt acceptance speeches Gaga has recently delivered, she dedicated her award to those who are struggling with alcoholism and addiction. She began, however, thanking Cooper, calling him “a magical filmmaker” and “a magical human being.”
At one point, music began playing to signal an exit from the stage. But Gaga pressed on, getting a laugh from the audience when she joked that she could continue “with a piano background.” She grew serious, though when she reached the end of the speech.
“I would like to dedicate this award tonight to all people who have suffered from alcoholism and addiction or who have watched their loved ones suffer,” Gaga said, “I wanted nothing more than to show the truth and the power of this very heartbreaking dynamic This is the true star of the film. The true star of the film is not me. It is bravery and perseverance.”
Watch a clip of Lady Gaga's moving 2019 Critics' Choice Awards Best Actress acceptance speech above.
“A Star Is Born” 2018 was a remake of the 1976 film of the same name starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, among other versions. Like its most recent predecessor, Cooper and Gaga’s story focused on an all-consuming love between two people, while one of them battled substance abuse. Depression and mental illness were also themes.
Gaga and Cooper arguably approached these subjects and the challenges they bring to a relationship with heart-wrenching authenticity. The pair were both nominated for Golden Globe Awards for their roles, though neither won. Cooper won Best Director and Gaga won Best Actress at the National Board of Review Awards, ahead of the Critics’ Choice ceremony. They are both up for multiple 2019 BAFTA Awards as well.
Lady Gaga also won the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Song for “Shallow,” for which she recently won a Golden Globe Award. The song topped charts in multiple countries and was featured in “A Star Is Born” as a game-changing duet performed by Cooper and Gaga’s characters Jackson Maine and Ally. The song was co-written by Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomono and Andrew Wyatt.
“A Star Is Born,” Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are heavily expected to receive Oscar nominations for the upcoming 2019 Academy Awards.
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