Lady Gaga's Oscar nomination seemed like a foregone conclusion. Her role in A Star is Born has been one of the most talked about performances of the year. However, it seems that yesterday morning the actress and singer thought she'd been passed over by the Academy. It seems that she was expecting to find a note telling her she'd been nominated when she woke up, but when that didn't happen she assumed she knew what that meant. According to Gaga...
I'm back-and-forth, but I'm home now. I literally just found out about the nominations a little while ago. I'm on showbiz time right now, because my shows go so late that usually Christian [Carino, Gaga's agent and fiancé] will leave me a note in the morning if there's nominations. But I woke up and there was no note, so I thought I must not have gotten nominated --- or we must not have gotten nominated. So I called my manager, Bobby --- cause Bobby's good with bad news --- to see what was going on. And then he told me all the nominations, and I just started crying.
Lady Gaga's role as Ally in A Star is Born has been receiving praise from every corner and that has meant a multitude of award nominations, both big and small. There have been so many that apparently Gaga and her fiancé have put together a little ritual where the singer, upon waking up late after a performance the night before, finds a note informing her of the awards she's been nominated for while she slept.
According to the L.A. Times, there actually was a note, but it was either misplaced or overlooked, leading Gaga to think the Academy has snubbed her. It wasn't until later that she'd discovered she had in fact been nominated.
On the one hand, you don't want to just assume that the Academy Award nomination is a given, but at the same time, with all the other awards that Lady Gaga has been nominated for, and the handful she has already won, it's probably hard not to look forward to that big prize. When everybody tells you that you're going to be nominated, you probably start to believe it.
Lady Gaga even went so far as to call the person that she knows is good at delivering bad news because that's what she was prepared to hear, but instead, she heard the reality, that she had, in fact, been nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars.
A Star is Born was nominated for a total of eight Oscars, including acting nominations for Lady Gaga's costars Bradley Cooper and Sam Elliott, as well as Best Picture.
One place where A Star is Born was snubbed was in the Best Director category. Bradley Cooper was widely expected to compete for that prize but he did not make the cut of the top five. Gaga says that Cooper knows he is the best director in the eyes of the cast and crew of A Star is Born, and that ultimately Cooper will be happy with the recognition that the movie did receive.