- Lady Gaga accepted the award for best actress for “A Star Is Born” at the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards Sunday.
- Gaga, who had already won best song for “Shallow” earlier that evening, was in the middle of her speech when the music began to play, signaling for her to leave the stage.
- “It’s OK, I can still do this with a piano background,” she said to enthusiastic applause.
- Gaga finished her speech with the music still playing, making a point to dedicate her award to “all people who have suffered from alcoholism and addiction,” like Bradley Cooper’s character in the film.
Lady Gaga was visibly emotional while accepting the award for best actress at the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards, which took place at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California on Sunday night.
Gaga and Glenn Close tied for best actress, for “A Star is Born” and ”The Wife,” respectively. It was the second tie of the evening, and Gaga began to cry when her name was announced as the additional winner after Close delivered her speech.
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“I am so honored by this,” Gaga began, after congratulating Close on her joint win. “I went to places in my mind and in my heart that I did not know existed or that I could.”
“It’s OK, I can still do this with a piano background,” she said to enthusiastic applause.
Fans immediately fawned over the powerful moment, with many calling it the “best line of the entire award show.”
the cut off piano @ the critics choice awards: starts playing
lady gaga during her speech: yall hear sumn….anyways
— miavell (@mendesftgrandes) January 14, 2019
Lady Gaga gave the best comment of the night at Critics Choice Awards last night when piano began to cue her to end thank you speech for tied Best Actress win: “I can do this with a piano background.” ???? spoken like a true musician and actress.????
— Marty Weiss (@mwmtalent) January 14, 2019
— Preston (@Stone86) January 14, 2019
???????? Lady Gaga telling the piano player she can keep going with the piano behind her [aka that's her actual job] during her #CriticsChoiceAwards acceptance was perfect.
— Heather (@approximofnice) January 14, 2019
— chpa (@4chpa) January 14, 2019
Gaga went on to dedicate her award to “all people who have suffered from alcoholism and addiction, or who have watched their loved ones suffer.” Gaga’s onscreen husband Jackson Maine, portrayed by Bradley Cooper, grapples with alcoholism throughout the film.
“I wanted nothing more than to show the truth and the power of this very heartbreaking dynamic,” Gaga said to culminate her speech. “The true star of the film is not me. It is bravery and perserverance.”
Gaga also thanked her manager, team, acting teachers, family, fiancé Christian Carino, and Cooper, who she praised for being “both the love of my life and the man behind the camera.”
You can watch her full acceptance speech below.
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