Best Original Song – Motion Picture
BEST ORIGINAL SONG ‑ MOTION PICTURE
“SHALLOW” ‑ “A STAR IS BORN”
MARK RONSON: OK. I’m going to talk for a minute because she’s indisposed. Thank you, Bradley Cooper. You took a heartfelt, honest tune, and you gave it emotional resonance that we could’ve only dreamed about, seriously. The way you weaved the lyrics into the film and the narrative of your beautiful, heartbreaking film is why we’re standing up here, I believe. Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press, of course. Thank you to Warner Bros. A big thank you to Lucas Nelson and “The Promise of the Real.” His arrangement and performance brought equal parts beauty and kickass. To Natalie Heminghill and Lindsay, all the amazing people who wrote on this soundtrack. To be singled out on a soundtrack that’s so great from start to finish is really amazing. A soundtrack available on Interscope Records, CDs, and streaming services.
LADY GAGA: Chris Nelberg.
MARK RONSON: And Tom Hillman.
LADY GAGA: Thank you for mixing “Shallow” 18 times. We’re so sorry that we did that to you, but we love you.
MARK RONSON: And, finally, to the captain of the “SS Shallow,” because when you write a song with Lady Gaga, all you’re doing is making yourself into the best supporting cast you can be. The genius comes from you. It’s up there. You’re the one who led us into the deep waters and truly made this song what it is with your devastatingly beautiful performance in the film as an actor and as a singer. And we thank you for that.
LADY GAGA: I just have to say, as a woman in music, it is really hard to be taken seriously as a musician and as a songwriter. And these three incredible men ‑‑ Andrew Wyatt, Anthony Rossomando, Mark Ronson ‑‑ standing with me, they lifted me up. They supported me. Thank you also to Ben Rice for working on this song with us. We love you. Thank you. And, Bradley, I love you.
Q. You look absolutely stunning.
MR. RONSON: Thank you.
Q. How was it working with Bradley Cooper and working with him and what kind of direction did he give you if he did?
LADY GAGA: I would answer that except this is for best original song. He was incredible as a director, and I loved working with him, and he made me a better actress. But what we are really excited to be on this stage for is how much he believed in the song as a vehicle for story telling in this song.
We were just talking backstage about how this song, you know, it doesn’t really quite fit in to what you would think of as a commercial song, and still people connected to it, and that means a lot to us.
Q. Congratulations. Talk about writing Shallow, were you on tour when you wrote the song?
LADY GAGA: No, we were in Los Angeles.
Q. Can you talk about the process of how you got into writing the lyrics?
LADY GAGA: Where do you want to start?
MR. RONSON: With your bad-ass chorus.
Q. How long did it take to write?
MR. RONSON: When you are working with this — I hesitate to use the word genius, but every time she starts with an idea and all you do is strap on — she’s the master chef, and we are all just, like, holding up salad saying, you like this, you like this, you like this. And if she likes something, we all contribute.
What’s actually kind of more meaningful is we all really care about each other and we have a shared experience with each other, whether that’s pain or suffering or happiness, and we are willing to go to an abominable place for this song. And I think that that’s why I did the film, even though it’s the beautiful performances that could also do that. You feel that.
LADY GAGA: We are actual friends who love each other. It’s a conversation between a man and woman. That actually happened in that room, and then it came alive on screen. I love these guys, I really do. They are very special to me.
Q. I wanted to ask you a question. We know that you understand and appreciate the history of music in films. We saw the energy that you had at the Oscars. I am wondering, did you look back at the previous versions of this film and maybe even that early version called What Price Hollywood? Did you look at earlier versions of A Star Is Born? Did that help you at all?
LADY GAGA: I knew that I wanted this to be completely brand-new and completely serve the story that Eric and Bradley wanted to tell. The screenplay was brilliant. I was so, so inspired by their vision. When we worked on this, we worked hand-in-hand with Bradley to create something for him that would be sufficient for the story, something that would move it forward.
This is really the moment in the film when their love begins to truly blossom. I couldn’t be more proud to be standing here with my friends. We have sat on stoops together just talking about music, just like Jack and Ally. So there ain’t nothing more real than what you are looking at now. These are artists that love to make music.
Q. You are making history with this movie and this song, even though it was played by other actresses. Did you thought of them before?
LADY GAGA: I think that it is a privilege, really, to be a part of a film that already has a legacy. Like I said before, I believe for all of us to be a part of this, to create something new while also honoring something great from the past, how great they were, the version with Janet Gaynor, the Julie Garland version, the Barbra Streisand version and now the —
MR. RONSON: Lady F-F Gaga version.
LADY GAGA: I have to say, for a first time, Director Bradley really knocked it out of the park with the music as well. He really wanted it to be live, recorded live. So most of, if not all of which you hear on the soundtrack to this film, was sung live on camera on the set. It doesn’t get more authentic than that.
MR. RONSON: It sounds like you’re actually on the stage from the way it was mixed and shot. So it was super authentic.
Do you guys know what Glastonbury Festival is? It’s the biggest festival, 80,000 people. Yeah, I have seen Bradley Cooper walking around there at 4:00 a.m., like trying to catch the last band, like that’s how much he loves music. And I was not sober and he was. And so basically he wanted to bring the across the actual music experience and make it genuine. I feel like the work that they did, that happened.
LADY GAGA: And as musicians, like, I watch movies that have the music world in it and I go, like, no, no, no, no, that’s not like — I instantly flag it right away. And Bradley just nails it. He nails it from the first moment of the film when you see him pop those pills and drink some gin and walk on stage and start playing guitar. I fell right into it. There’s nothing about it that isn’t authentic.