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Music and lyrics were by Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt.
Taking the podium, Gaga said, “Thank you to the Academy for this honor.” She went on to say, “To my sister, my soul mate, I love you.”
Gaga thanked director and co-star Bradley Cooper, noting that he is the “only person” who she could have performed the song with.
She concluded, “I’ve worked hard for a long time and it’s not about winning — it’s about not giving up. If you have a dream, fight for it.”
The singer beat out “All the Stars” (Black Panther), “I’ll Fight” (RBG), “The Place Where Lost Things Go” (Mary Poppins Returns) and “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs).
Backstage, Gaga gave some inspiring words. “One of the hardest things in life is to be brave enough to be yourself. I wish everyone could feel a joy inside of them. That’s actually what Bradley said to me yesterday right before we did our last rehearsal of ‘Shallow.’ He said, ‘Let’s just drop a little bit of joy.’ And it turns out, that joy did a lot for me.” She then looked ahead to the future, “I have a true dream that these award shows will not just be male and female — that we’ll include everyone.”
Gaga also noted that, when the Oscar was handed to her, she saw a lot of pain. “I thought of all the things I’ve been through, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — this is not easy work. And nothing was handed to us.”
The 2019 Oscars took place at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Centre and were televised live on the ABC Television Network.
Following Kevin Hart stepping down as host, the ceremony was presented hostless for the first time in 30 years. The program included numerous musical performances, including a Queen opening number featuring Adam Lambert.
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