We’re off the deep end, potentially, when it comes to “Shallow” awards-show accolades.
The Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper duet from A Star Is Born took home the best original song statue at the 2019 Golden Globes on Sunday night, kicking off what will henceforth be known as Shallow Season. The first two months of the calendar are typically dedicated to honoring the standout movies, television and music from the previous year, and Gaga’s latest hit has the ability to transcend its medium and become a fixture at each major (and non-major) awards ceremony in early 2019.
“Shallow” — which peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has accrued 148.6 million streams to date, according to Nielsen Music — is the rare smash single written for a critically lauded feature film that could dominate at the Grammys and Oscars alike. Not since Celine Dion’s sweeping Titanic epic “My Heart Will Go On,” which won the Grammys for record of the year and song of the year and the Oscar for best original song more than 20 years ago, does a song pose a legitimate threat to gobble up such prestigious trophies in one fell swoop (Eminem’s 2002 8 Mile anthem “Lose Yourself” snagged an Oscar and two Grammys but lost at the Golden Globes and in the general Grammy categories).
Meanwhile, Gaga has been scooping up acting nominations and earning Oscar buzz for her nuanced turn as Ally in A Star Is Born seemingly from the moment the Cooper-directed remake was released in early October. Although she lost out to Glenn Close in the best performance by an actress in a motion picture – drama category at the Globes on Sunday, Gaga is considered a strong contender to land a best actress nod at the Academy Awards — and potentially go head-to-head with Close once again, this time for the most coveted film prize of all.
With Shallow Season officially kicking off this past weekend, check out the key 2019 dates to keep in mind while tracking Lady Gaga’s awards season run.
January 6: “Shallow” wins best original song at the Golden Globes. “I am so grateful to Bradley for this opportunity, and for singing this beautiful song with me,” Gaga writes in a celebratory Instagram caption.
I am so grateful to Bradley for this opportunity, and for singing this beautiful song with me. Me, @iammarkronson, @antmundo and @wyattish are floored by this win. Just a couple of kids that love making music, and we got to do it for this breathtaking film. We love our fans so much! Thank you for believing in us. And thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association! #AStarIsBorn
January 12: BRIT Awards nominations announced. No shot for “Shallow” here, as all the song categories are limited to tracks from British artists, although Gaga could score a nod in the international female solo artist category, which she won in 2010 and has since been nominated in twice.
January 13: Critics’ Choice Awards. Gaga is nominated for best actress as part of A Star Is Born’s nine total nominations, while “Shallow” is up for best song. One week after a largely disappointing Globes showing for A Star Is Born, the film could regain some momentum here.
January 22: Academy Awards nominations announced. Gaga is vying for a best actress nod, of course, and “Shallow” is a near-lock to compete for best original song. Gaga was nominated in the latter category three years ago, for her Diane Warren collaboration “Til It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground. The song lost out to Sam Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall” from Spectre.
January 27: SAG Awards. A Star Is Born leads the film nominations with four nods, including Gaga for outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role. The Screen Actors Guild Awards do not have a song category, so they’ll be far from the “Shallow” then.
February 10: Grammy Awards. “Shallow” will compete in four categories: record of the year, song of the year, best pop duo/group performance and best song written for visual media. Gaga has won six Grammys over the course of her career but has yet to win in the general categories; a “Shallow” victory in either record or song of the year would end that drought. Aside from “Shallow,” Gaga could also take home a best pop solo performance trophy for the piano version of “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)” at this year’s Grammys. Not shockingly, the “Shallow” nods represent Bradley Cooper’s first Grammy nominations; since the actor-director did not co-write the song, he would only receive a trophy if the song won record of the year or best pop duo/group performance.
February 24: Academy Awards. If Gaga and Cooper don’t perform “Shallow” at the Grammys, look for Jackson Maine and Ally to trot out their signature duet live for the first time at the Oscars, where the best original song nominees are traditionally performed onstage (Gaga has been playing the song solo at her Las Vegas residency, which kicked off in December). If Gaga takes home best actress, she would become the first musical artist to do so since 1987, when Cher won for Moonstruck. If she wins best actress and best original song on the same Oscar night? Since it’s never happened before, Gaga would make history.