While his fans are more concerned about the fact that, despite A Star is Born being nominated for Best Picture of the Year, its director, Bradley Cooper, failed to get a Best Director nod, Bradley himself has got his mind — and nerves — on other things. Most notably, taking to the stage at the Academy Awards alongside Lady Gaga where the duo is expected to sing their nominated song from the film, “Shallow.”
“I think we’re going to do it,” he told E! News. “I’m sure I’ll be terrified.” This even though he recently joined Gaga onstage during her Las Vegas residency to sing the song with her there. “That was terrifying. I just had to zen out and just pray that I wasn’t going to ruin her show, because, think about it, she just crushed it for two hours. I thought, ‘Please, let me just be on pitch,'” he shared.
The impact of making the film remains with both Bradley, 44, and Gaga, 32, even after all this time. “So much of this film resonates with me still,” she has said. “I think a lot of people relate to the themes, and the story is something profound to them. And the music really tells this love story — that’s something we all took very seriously and believed in. We all saw Bradley’s vision and we all wanted, to the very last second, to make it just perfect.”
“One thing I’ve learned is that when you’re creating any kind of art, if you’re in the moment, you trust your instincts but can be flexible, too, and you can make something that might shift someone’s way of looking at their world a little bit,” Bradley reflected. “And when your whole crew goes there with you? That’s a wonderful feeling. That everybody trusted my vision was exhilarating and, I think, gave me the confidence to keep at that daunting task every day.
“This has been a three-year journey and the experience has been amazing, and if I’m lucky enough that anybody allows me to do it again, yeah, I absolutely would,” he continued, adding, “There’s a line in the film that Jack says to Ally, ‘If there’s one reason we’re supposed to be here, it’s to say something so people want to hear it.’ I hope that’s what we’ve done.”
At the same time, we’re sure the audience is going to want to hear the two of them sing live on Oscar night on February 24.