“All I have to say is that this is hard work,” Gaga said in her tearful acceptance speech.
The Oscar brought her one step closer to reaching rariefied EGOT status, reserved for those rare talents who win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. Only 15 people have done it, most recently John Legend in 2018. With her nine Grammys (out of 24 nominations) — including two she earned this year for “Shallow,” which took home best pop duo/group performance and best song written for visual media — Gaga now has two out of four boxes checked.
She’s also a proven contender for an Emmy, with three nominations: for her Super Bowl LI halftime show performance, her filmed special Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden and Cheek to Cheek Live! with Tony Bennett. And while her role on FX’s American Horror Story: Hotel did not bring her Emmy glory, she did win a Golden Globe for best performance by an actress in a limited series or motion picture made for television for her guest spot on the series.
If you’re wondering how Gaga — who has never appeared on Broadway — might nab a Tony, there are rumors that she may star in a Funny Girl revamp as Fanny Brice, the role made famous by, yes, former A Star is Born star Barbra Streisand.
“It’s inevitable that we’ll see Lady Gaga on Broadway one day, and I certainly won’t be surprised if she wins the Tony when that day comes,” says Telsey + Company casting director Bernie Telsey. “Whatever capacity she chooses — whether as an actress or composer or both, in an original piece or revival of a musical or play, I know the community will welcome her with open arms. There’s no question to me that she’s got what it takes to succeed in the theater. It’s a perfect fit and something everyone wants to happen.”