A romantic musical drama where Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga combine their substantial talents to portray the adoring tale of Jack and Ally, two creative musicians coming together.
Their story is an intricate voyage through the excitement, joy, and sorrow of a relationship that is just fighting for survival. Bradley Cooper portrays a veteran singer Jackson Maine in the film, who learns about a struggling musician Ally Maine, who is just at the brink of forfeiting her career in hopelessness and can’t help but falls in love with her. Ally’s dream is to become a flourishing singer but the lack of work and continuous rejection from auditions makes her give up on her dream. That is until she comes across Jack, who discovers her natural talent straightaway.
In this revival of the amazing love story, Bradley Cooper who has been a four-time Oscar nominee for his films; Silver Linings Playbook, American Sniper, American Hustle made his debut as a film director as he stars in the film as well, alongside celebrated pop music and entertainment industry superstar Lady Gaga (Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) in her first-ever lead role in a Hollywood film.
The film’s ensemble cast also includes famed actor and musician also known as the Diceman, Andrew Dice Clay, famed stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle who has two Emmys and two Grammys, and Sam Elliott who we all remember for playing the caretaker in Nicolas Cage’s action-packed epic, Ghost Rider.
What Oscars did a star is born win?
Based on the 1937 film with the same name, that had starred Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, who both received Oscar nominations for “Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role”, this romantic epic has had a total of three remakes, one in 1954 with Judy Garland and James Mason who were also nominated for the “Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role”, “Best Music, Original Song” for “The Man that Got Away”, then in 1976 with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson in the lead roles, and now in just more recently in 2018. The 1937 film won an Oscar for “Best Writing, Original Story” in 1938.
The 1976 adaptation won an Academy Oscar, “Best Music, Original Song” for the song “Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)” which went on to become the No. 1 hit single in the US, written by Paul Williams and performed by Barbra Streisand.
It also won Golden Globes awards in 1977 for “Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical”, Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand for “Best Actor/Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical”, “Best Original Score – Motion Picture” by Paul Williams, Kenny Ascher and “Best Original Song – Motion Picture”.
All four adaptations of the film have received numerous nominations in Academy Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTA Awards, ASCAP Film and Television, and Grammy Awards.
With a budget of 36 US dollars, the stunning drama film was a box office hit and made almost more than a dozen times its budget, at 436.2 US dollars internationally. First released on August 31, 2018, in Venice by Warner Bros. Pictures, the film was liked by fans and critics alike. The film holds a staggering 90% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on more than 500 reviews. Movie fans will know that Rotten Tomatoes isn’t very generous in ratings when it comes to reviewing films, but the assessments they’ve given for this motion picture are not much of astonishment.
What Oscars did a star is born win on its latest release? The film was listed 1st on various movie critics’ top 10 lists, such as Tom Gliatto, People, Owen Gleiberman, Variety, Chris Wasser, Irish Independent, and Harry Fletcher, London Evening Standard. Garnering a total of 274 nominations and 95 wins, the film became the tenth most profitable one in 2018.
The film’s lead single “Shallow”, written and composed by Lady Gaga, Andrew Wyatt, Anthony Rossomando, Mark Ronson, and performed by Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga themselves received an Academy Award for “Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)”. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga were both nominated for “Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role” while Sam Elliott for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role”. The film also received Oscar nominations for “Best Motion Picture of the Year”, “Best Adapted Screenplay” and “Best Achievement in Cinematography”.
In a nutshell, this adaptation of “A Star Is Born” is not about the intrigues of celebrity, but in the manner relationships between prosperous and creative people can form and hinder that creativity. It also focuses on how addiction plays a role in love. That peculiarity of this adaptation still feels fresh and natural.