Jennifer Lopez Reveals How She Reassured A Nervous Bradley Cooper Before Oscars Performance

Bradley Cooper in A Star is Born

One of the highlights of last weekend's Oscars was the performance of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. While the performance went off without a hitch and it came across beautifully, Jennifer Lopez says that Bradley Cooper was looking incredibly nervous before going on stage, so she gave him some words of encouragement seconds before he went up. According to Lopez, she said...

He seemed a little nervous. I just whispered, I said, ‘The song is so beautiful. When they hear the first few notes, they’re going to start applauding. So don’t worry. Just deliver the song.’ He was like, ‘I got it, I got it, okay.

One probably doesn't think too much about movie stars getting nervous, but apparently Bradley Cooper was feeling it before his performance of "Shallow," the Oscar nominated song from A Star is Born that he performed with Lady Gaga.

Jennifer Lopez revealed her advice to Bradley Cooper as part of a livestream for fans originally on Instagram in which she and husband Alex Rodriguez discussed the highlights of Sunday's ceremony.

In a hostless Oscar ceremony that was light on the traditional entertainment elements that we normally see as part of the show, the Best Original Song nominee performances were all highlights of the show, but the performance of "Shallow" was the one everybody was really talking about. It was powerful and romantic and everything fans of the song and the film could have wanted.

Also, Jennifer Lopez was completely right in her assessment of how the audience would respond. As soon as the music started playing and Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga got up to walk to the stage, the audience began to applaud. Perhaps that helped calm Cooper's nerves. You can see how it all went down in the video below.

Of course, the song would go on to also win the award for Best Original Song, the only Oscar that A Star is Born would take home of its eight nominations. At one time it seemed like Star was going to be the movie to beat in most categories, but by the time the actual ceremony came around a number of other films had shown that they would be contenders. A Star is Born wasn't defeated by another film sweeping the awards but by the trophies being spread out among a number of different releases.

Every movie nominated for Best Picture won at least one award, with Bohemian Rhapsody taking the most with four, and Green Book eventually taking Best Picture.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.