Lady Gaga wants to make sure you know she’s very excited about her two Oscar nominations for A Star is Born. But after fans wondered why she didn’t immediately respond to the news, the singer explained to The New York Times on Wednesday (Jan. 23) that she slept through the announcement because she’s on “showbiz time.”
In fact, she didn’t even get the news until three hours after the rest of the world found out that she’s up for best actress and best song for “Shallow,” her duet with her co-star/director, Bradley Cooper. “I’ve been trying to get some sleep because I’m on showbiz time,” Gaga told the paper, explaining that she’s in Los Angeles for a few days while on a a break from her Las Vegas Enigma residency and that she slept in on Tuesday morning (Jan. 22) and missed announcements when they were read just after five a.m. on the West Coast.
“I woke up around 8:30 and I didn’t know anything about it,” she said, adding that she likely missed the avalanche of congratulation texts and calls because she can “sleep through just about anything.” Once she woke up, though, she immediately called her manager and got the news, which caused her to “just burst into tears.”
Then it was time to scroll through those texts. “The ones that mean the most to me are the ones that come from my family,” said Gaga (born Stefani Germanotta). “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.”
Cooper was denied a best director nod for the latest remake of the musical rags-to-riches story, but he did get noticed in the best actor category and will potentially score for producing the film and co-writing the script. The biggest honor for Gaga, though, was that her first-ever Oscar nods were for acting and music. “To be recognized as the lead actress and a musician at the same time, I can’t tell you what that means to me,” said Gaga, who planned to celebrate on Wednesday night by going to see her pal Elton John at Staples Center on his farewell tour.
“I don’t register this film in my mind as a time in my life when I ‘filmed a movie,’” she said. “I register it as a time in my life when I became somebody else, and Bradley became someone else, and we lived those characters and fell in love.”
Gaga addressed her 77 million Little Monster followers with a heartfelt tweet on Wednesday morning, writing, “I am so humbled and proud to be nominated for two Academy Awards. There really is no greater honor, and to share this excitemement with Bradley, Sam, Mark, Andrew, Anthony and everyone involved in the film is prety mind blowing. Bradley had such a precise vision and perspective, and he created a true family. The greatest gift has been how the film has resonated with so many different types of people on so many levels. It’s really unbelievable. I’m still in shock.”
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) January 23, 2019