Lady Gaga made history when she earned two Oscar nominations for her work in A Star Is Born. The 32-year-old is the first person ever to be nominated for both Best Actress and Best Original Song (“Shallow”) in the same year.
Gaga told The New York Times that she slept in and missed the nominations announcement, but she found out about the nods thanks to a call with her manager Bobby Campbell and “just burst into tears.”
“The [calls] that mean the most to me are the ones that come from my family,” she said about the congratulatory messages. “These are not Oscar nominations for me, these are Oscar nominations for the Germanottas. I come from an Italian-immigrant family, and this feels like a very big win for them. This film was a lot of hard work, and I wouldn’t know that hard work if I didn’t know the hard work of the lineage of my family.”
Gaga also weighed in on her co-star, director, and the one person who believed in her who didn’t get a nomination—Bradley Cooper.
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Was grinning from the sun to the moon watching Steven Spielberg present Bradley with “Best Director” award at the National Board of Review. What a beautiful speech they both gave, and so inspiring. That’s one lucky Italian New York girl in that pic! : @dimitrioskphoto @gettyentertainment
“Well, you know, you never know what’s going to happen,” she told The Los Angeles Times. “But at the end of the day, he knows that he’s the best director in my eyes, and in all of our eyes as his cast. I know that he’s so happy that we’ve all been nominated and that the film was recognized and we all feel really, really beyond elated for the recognition.”
A Star Is Born has eight total nominations at the Oscars, including one for Best Picture.