Lady Gaga nominated for Best Actress, Best Original Song Oscars
A star is truly born: Lady Gaga has been nominated for two Oscars.
The entertainer has earned a nomination for Best Actress, for her role as Ally in A Star Is Born, and a nod for Best Original Song, for co-writing "Shallow." These are her first Oscar nominations.
Her competition for the Best Actress statuette includes Glenn Close for The Wife, Olivia Colman for The Favourite, Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Yalitz Aparicio for Roma.
For Best Original Song, the competition includes "I'll Fight" from the documentary RBG; "All the Stars," from Black Panther, "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.
One of Gaga's co-writers on "Shallow," Mark Ronson, said in a statement, "Such an honor to be nominated for an Oscar. And it makes it even more special to be nominated as part of this incredible film where the music is so powerful and emotional."
He added, "Bradley Cooper got right what is nearly impossible in film, to show inside the creative process and make it feel honest and believable. And Lady Gaga’s empowers that vision in the most beautiful and compelling way."
The 91st Academy Awards air live on ABC February 24.
"Be Alright": Dean Lewis on why fans are connecting to "that song about the phone"
"Be Alright," by Australian singer/songwriter Dean Lewis, has become his breakthrough hit in the U.S. The song is partially based on what Dean's brother told him after he and his girlfriend broke up -- but it's also about a number of people who are complete strangers to him.
"Some of the people that it was about were people that I never even knew," Dean tells ABC Radio. "Like...there's one part of the song where I talk about cigarettes, and it was this story that my friend told me. And I just always thought, 'That was crazy, I'm gonna use that in a song one day!'"
"So some of the things are...about girls I've never even met and people that I've never met, so I kind of combined all these stories together," he adds.
The fact that the song combines so many different people's experiences may be the reason why fans can relate to it. Dean says they tell him that it makes them feel better after their own breakups, which is something he never considered while he was writing it.
"You don't set out to go like, 'I'm gonna write a song and I'm gonna say something for people,'" he explains. "I just wanna write something that's good, and for me, that's sort of real. But I'm getting lots of messages from people saying, 'Yeah, it's helping me.'"
But Dean admits that he knew people would embrace "Be Alright."
"I always knew the song was sort of special because I was playing it for a year before I put it out, and people would come up to me afterwards and say, 'That song about the phone? You should release that,'" he recalls.
"So it connected straightaway, even before it was released."
More Super Bowl prop bets: Maroon 5's first song, Adam Levine's shirt
Now that the talent lineup for the Super Bowl is complete, the prop bets -- the ones where you can bet on silly things that have nothing to do with the actual game -- have been updated.
The online sports betting site Bovada is now offering odds on, for example, which song Maroon 5 will perform first during the halftime show, or what color shirt Adam Levine will be wearing when the performance starts.
You can also bet on whether or not Adam will team with one of the announced guest performers -- Outkast rapper Big Boi -- to perform "Mic Jack," a song the two recorded together in 2017.
You can also bet money on legendary soul singer Gladys Knight's performance of the National Anthem. For example, you can bet on whether her rendition will be longer or shorter than one minute and 45 seconds, whether or not she'll forget or omit a word, and whether or not she'll be wearing pants or some kind of skirt, dress or gown.
Previous prop bets are also still up for grabs, such as whether or not Christina Aguilera will appear to perform "Moves Like Jagger," or whether the band will play more than seven songs.
Just so you know, right now, the money's on "One More Night" to be the first song, that Adam will likely wear a black shirt, that he will perform "Mic Jack" with Big Boi and that Christina won't appear. It's 50/50 as to whether or not the band will play more than seven songs.
As for Gladys' performance, the money's on her rendition of the anthem to be longer than a minute 45, that she'll be wearing a skirt, dress or gown, and that she will NOT forget or omit a word.
And finally, the odds that anyone will "take a knee" during the national anthem are extremely low.
Roma and The Favourite lead 91st Academy Awards nominations
The 2019 Oscar nominations were announced this morning by Tracee Ellis Ross and Kumail Nanjiani, live from from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California. Alfonso Cuarón's Roma and Yorgos Lanthimos' period piece The Favourite led the pack with 10 nominations apiece.
Black Panther also surprised, with seven nominations, including Marvel Studios' first-ever Best Picture nomination. Indeed, it's the first superhero EVER to have a Best Picture nomination. Another first: Roma is the first Best Picture nod from Netflix.
And Spike Lee also logged a first: his first nomination for Best Director, for the multiply-nominated BlacKkKlansman.
The Best Picture field had eight nominees; it could have had as many as 10. In addition to Black Panther, the field includes Roma, Green Book, Vice, A Star Is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody, BlacKkKlansman and The Favourite.
Here are the main nominees:
Christian Bale - Vice
Bradley Cooper - A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe - At Eternity’s Gate
Rami Malek - Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen - Green Book
Yalitza Aparicio - Roma
Glenn Close - The Wife
Olivia Colman - The Favourite
Lady Gaga - A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy - Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Mahershala Ali - Green Book
Adam Driver - BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott - A Star Is Born
Richard E. Grant - Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell - Vice
Best Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams - Vice
Marina de Tavira - Roma
Regina King - If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone - The Favourite
Rachel Weisz - The Favourite
Spike Lee - BlacKkKlansman
Pawel Pawlikowski - Cold War
Yorgos Lanthimos - The Favourite
Alfonso Cuarón - Roma
Adam McKay - Vice
Best Adapted Screenplay:
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs - Joel Coen , Ethan Coen
BlacKkKlansman - Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee
Can You Ever Forgive Me? - Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
If Beale Street Could Talk - Barry Jenkins
A Star Is Born - Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters
Best Original Screenplay:
The Favourite - Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
First Reformed - Paul Schrader
Green Book - Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly
Roma - Alfonso Cuarón
Vice - Adam McKay
Best Animated Feature:
Incredibles 2 - Brad Bird
Isle of Dogs - Wes Anderson
Mirai - Mamoru Hosoda
Ralph Breaks the Internet - Rich Moore, Phil Johnston
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman
Best Original Song
"All the Stars" from Black Panther
"Shallow" from A Star Is Born
"I'll Fight" from RBG
"The Place Where Lost Things Go" from Mary Poppins Returns
"When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings" from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Best Animated Short:
Animal Behaviour - Alison Snowden, David Fine
Bao - Domee Shi
Late Afternoon - Louise Bagnall
One Small Step - Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas
Weekends - Trevor Jimenez
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