The “Shallow” songstress reflected on her past early in the 13-minute address, noting how she suffered bullying at a young age. She said, “I was traumatized by people telling me over and over again that I wasn’t and could never become who I dreamed of becoming.”
She also compared her “Star Is Born” character Ally’s rising career in the film to her own, pointing out differences. She spoke of how Ally tried to please people and meet expectations in the industry. She, however, did the opposite of what she was asked. “I have over and over again tried to subvert the influence of powerful men in my life had on me and create something unexpected, all on my own, every time,” Gaga said, “If they told me to go left, I would take a sharp, sharp right.”
She praised her director, Bradley Cooper, calling him “a co-star, visionary and friend,” and thanked him for making a film that reminds the world of the importance of compassion, empathy and kindness.”
In her closing remarks, she thanked her parents for believing in her. She shared that her “Italian immigrant” family “tackled life with fortitude and strength.”
Overall, Lady Gaga delivered a poignant, eloquent speech at the event, which closely followed her recent Best Original Song Golden Globe win for “Shallow.” The National Board of Review nominations and wins are one of the multiple accolades Gaga, Cooper and “A Star Is Born“ have received.
Cooper won NBR’s Best Director Award, while his onscreen sibling Sam Elliott, won Best Supporting Actor. “A Star Is Born” was also nominated for seven BAFTA Awards this week, with Gaga and Cooper picking up more Best Actress and Best Actor nods, and Cooper being nominated for co-writing the adapted screenplay.
“A Star Is Born” addresses many themes including the joys and pitfalls of fame, substance abuse, and depression. Cooper and Gaga’s characters’ deep love for each other was central to the story. And, their unique, passionate, and ultimately tragic relationship was also the focal point for many of the songs on the film’s chart-topping soundtrack. The movie marks Cooper’s directorial debut and Gaga’s first leading role in a feature film.
Gaga, Cooper and “A Star Is Born” are heavily favored to receive Academy Award nominations. The riveting Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” and lead actor Rami Malek, took home surprise wins in Best Motion Picture Drama and Best Actor Drama at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards. Malek beat out Cooper in the acting category for his incomparable portrayal of late, legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.
Watch Lady Gaga’s entire National Board of Review Acceptance Speech above. Stay tuned to AXS for Lady Gaga and “A Star Is Born” updates.