Lady Gaga won big at the Critics Choice Awards, and tearfully accepted accolade for Best Song, tying for Best Actress with Glenn Close.
The singer first won for Best Song at the Critics Choice Awards this year, and she chose to speak on what the lyrics meant to her. She said, “I will never forget singing it for Bradley for the first time and seeing his face light up. And then singing it live together, take after take. I was mesmerized. As myself and as my character Ally.”
She added, “I was basking in the brilliant transformation of Bradley into Jackson Maine singing on his stage and overwhelmed by the storytelling and power in his voice.”
She also described what the song actually was, saying, “This song is a conversation between men and women. Asking each other questions about life and a desire for more depth of the shallowness of a modern era.”
The singer then tied with Glenn Close for Best Actress, winning against Emily Blunt, Toni Collette, Olivia Colman, Melissa McCarthy, and Yalitza Aparicio.
Close took the stage first, saying, “I was thinking that, you know, the world kind of pits us against each other in this profession. And I know from all the women in this category, and I think I can speak for all the women in this room, we celebrate each other. We are proud to be in this room together.”
Gaga then joined Close on stage, and the singer started by saying, “I am so honored by this. I went to places in my mind and in my heart that I did not know existed or that I could.”
She complimented co-star Bradley Cooper as has been the theme with her acceptance speeches so far. She said, “Bradley, you are a magical filmmaker. And you are just as magical of a human being. I have never had an experience with a director or an actor like I had with you. And I will cherish it forever. You seamlessly were both the love of my life and the man behind the camera.”
Filming the movie was one of the hardest experiences of Gaga’s life, but it let her be vulnerable in new ways, thus making it all worthwhile. At one point in the speech, the background music began playing. Rather than being deterred, Gaga said, “I can still do this with the piano in the background.”
Referencing Jackson Maine’s alcoholism from the movie, she said, “I would like to dedicate this award tonight to all people who have suffered from alcoholism and addiction or whoever watched their love ones suffer. I wanted nothing more than to show the truth and the power of this very heartbreaking dynamic. This is the true star of the film, the true star of the film is not me. It’s bravery and perseverance.”
Glenn Close was nominated for her role in The Wife.