Lady Gaga won the Oscar award for Best Original Song for “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” at the 91st Academy Awards on Feb. 24. Gaga shared the win with the song’s co-writers Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt.
Gaga was heavily favored to win the award heading into the live ceremony, as she had previously won Golden Globe, Grammy, and Critics Choice Awards for the song. “Shallow” beat out “All the Stars” from “Black Panther,” “I’ll Fight” from “RBG,” “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns” and “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.”
Gaga’s win for “Shallow” marks the only Academy Award win for “A Star Is Born,” though the film earned an additional seven nominations including Best Picture and Best Actress and Best Actor nods for Gaga and her director and co-star Bradley Cooper.
The “Joanne” songstress has delivered many emotional and inspirational acceptance speeches throughout the 2019 awards season. She has also praised Bradley Cooper as a director, a filmmaker, a duet partner and a friend.
She kept her Oscars acceptance speech short in comparison to some of the others, but it was still gracious, moving and inspirational. She started by thanking The Academy, her co-writers and her sister (who was seated next to her in the audience) as well as her parents. When she came to thanking Cooper she said, “Bradley, there is not a single person on the planet that could’ve sang this song with me but you.”
Known for being a strong advocate for empowering youth and promoting self-love, she also encouraged anyone watching the show at home saying, “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. I've worked hard for a long time, and it's not about, you know...it's not about winning. But what it's about is not giving up. If you have a dream, fight for it. There's a discipline for passion. And it's not about how many times you get rejected or you fall down or you're beaten up. It's about how many times you stand up and are brave and you keep on going. Thank you!"
Mark Ronson took a brief moment to point out all of his co-writers multiple talents then bowed humbly to her and said, “We salute you, Lady Gaga.”
Gaga and Cooper also took the stage during the Oscars ceremony to perform a highly-anticipated live duet of “Shallow.” The glamorous setting was notably different than the screaming rock concert setting in the film where their characters Jackson and Ally first performed the song. They also recently performed the song together at one of Gaga's Las Vegas shows.
Their Oscars performance was an abbreviated 90 seconds long in keeping with this year’s strict Oscar timetable. They harmonized beautifully while Gaga also played piano. At the end of the performance, Cooper sat next to her on the bench. It was a sweet, subtle performance that earned thunderous applause from the Dolby Theatre audience.
Watch Lady Gaga’s entire Best Original Song Oscars acceptance speech above.