Will ‘A Star is Born’ steal Oscars show?


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“A Star is Born” will be up for coveted titles at the 91st Academy Awards Feb. 24.

Megan Messer, Opinions Editor

With the 91st annual Oscar Awards starting at 7 p.m. next Sunday, nominees are in the running for many highly praised titles. “A Star is Born” is up for Best Picture, Lead Actor, Lead Actress, Supporting Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Sound Mixing and Best Original Song. After being nominated for eight Oscars, the film should rightfully take home these awards.

“A Star is Born” tells the story of a fallen star, Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) who discovers struggling artist Ally (Lady Gaga). Jackson helps Ally find her footing in the music industry and spontaneous romance sparks between the two. But as Ally morphs into her own artist, their relationship starts to spiral and Jackson begins to struggle with his issues of being a long-time addict.

The tear-jerking romantic drama was directed and written by Cooper himself and wrings tears and thrills for its viewers. The movie grossed $147 million after it premiered last October and was reviewed by critics as a captivating and touching must-see film. After scoring 90 percent from the Tomatometer, the public noticed it was a quality film that powerfully redefines love in this day in age.

In addition to the eight Oscars the film is nominated for, Gaga won Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 61st annual Grammys last week for the film’s original song “Shallow.” After receiving the award, Gaga spoke out about becoming more aware of mental health in society. After discussing mental illness and the importance of reaching out for help, fans were left inspired and touched, shedding a positive light on Gaga and her original song.

When the film dominated the Toronto International Film Festival in the fall of 2018, critics and public viewers concluded it was a definite classic that portrayed talent and polished movie-making skills. With Cooper being an astonishing actor and equally amazing co-writer/director and Gaga a gifted artist with raw talent, they may just steal Sunday night’s show together.