To say that the Oscars have produced their fair share of memorable moments over the years would be an understatement. Fireworks are bound to break out when so many well-known people and big figures gather in Los Angeles for an occasion, I mean.
Even so, part of the fun is waiting to see what will actually happen. Consider Will Smith’s slap of Chris Rock from last year, which was shown throughout the world. Or how about the mix-up that prevented the La La Land producers from finishing their acceptance speech for the Best Picture Oscar before it became evident that Moonlight, not La La Land, had won?
there was no such disaster this year fills us with a mixture of happiness and disappointment (at least not on that scale). Yet, there were other instances that caused a flurry of conversation among people at home.
One such occasion belonged to pop icon Lady Gaga, whose song “Hold My Hand,” which she wrote for Top Gun: Maverick, received a nomination for Best Original Song.
According to sources, Lady Gaga’s attendance at the event wasn’t guaranteed in advance. She’s working hard on The Joker sequel, yet she found time in her schedule to travel to Los Angeles on Sunday night.
The 36-year-old, whose true name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, arrived at the Dolby Theatre for the Oscars red carpet in a Versace gown and accessorized with dramatic red lipstick and smoky eyeliner.
But, the Born This Way singer’s change of attire was what really caught the attention of many home viewers.
Gaga gave an impassioned monologue just before singing “Hold My Hand,” in which she stated:
“It’s deeply personal for me. I think that we all need each other. We need a lot of love to walk through this life. We all need a hero sometimes — there’s heroes all around us in unassuming places. But you might find that you could be your own hero, even if you feel broken inside.”
Lady Gaga performed her song in a moving performance sans makeup. She also snuck out of the Versace gown stated earlier and changed into a black T-shirt, ripped trousers, and Converse.
Fans obviously had a lot to say, and they did indeed comment.
“Hold My Hand” marked Gaga’s fourth nomination for an Oscar, following two previous nominations for Best Original Song (2016 and 2019) – she won in 2019 with “Shallow” – as well as one for Best Actress (2019).
Regrettably, she went home empty-handed as far as Academy Awards gongs were concerned. This year, “Naatu Naatu” from the film RRR took home the trophy for Best Original Song.
See Lady Gaga perform without any makeup in the clip below:
I’m happy that Lady Gaga, who is such a talented performer, felt fully at ease performing on stage without any makeup on.
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