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Lady Gaga Made Oscar History And People Are Losing It

Shallow, A Star Is Born

The 2019 Academy Award nominations were announced on Tuesday morning and cemented Lady Gaga into the cinematic history books. Scoring a nomination for Best Actress and Best Original Song for “Shallow,” Gaga is now the first artist to earn nods in both categories in the same year, following in the footsteps of Mary J. Blige, who picked up two nominations in 2018 for her work in Mudbound for Best Original Song and Best Supporting Actress.

Gaga’s achievements in acting and music helped A Star Is Born earn eight total nominations, including Best Actor for Bradley Cooper, Best Supporting Actor for Sam Elliott, and Best Picture.

Tuesday’s announcement brings Gaga’s Oscar nominations to three, with the singer previously nominated for Best Original Song in 2016 for “Til It Happens To You” from the documentary The Hunting Ground. Coincidentally, Gaga wrote “Til It Happens To You” with Diane Warren, who is also nominated this year for Best Original Song. Warren scored her tenth nom on Tuesday for “I’ll Fight,” which she wrote for the Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary RBG, performed by Jennifer Hudson.

Along with Gaga and Warren, the impressive list of nominees for Best Original Song is rounded out by “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns, and Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All The Stars” from Black Panther, a song that dominated 2018.

While we are partial to both “Shallow” and “All The Stars” taking home an Oscar, the overwhelming excitement on Twitter is for Lady Gaga, with her Little Monsters ruling social media. People really, really, really want Gaga to #GetThatOscar.

As for how Gaga feels about the Academy Awards, during her recent Las Vegas residency show Enigma, a fan shouted “Oscar-worthy” when she began playing “Shallow.” Gaga paused before continuing her performance, saying “It’s not about the award, it’s about the process of creating. If you want to follow your dreams and you want to be a star, you better do it because you want to change people’s lives, not because you want to change your own.”

But it would still be pretty cool to win an Oscar.