'A Star Is Born' is primed to rock an awards run after Golden Globe, Grammy nominations
Adam McKay's Dick Cheney biopic "Vice" leads the nominations for the Golden Globe Awards, narrowly edging Bradley Cooper's tear-jerking revival "A Star Is Born," interracial road-trip drama "Green Book" and period romp "The Favourite." (Dec. 6) AP
"A Star Is Born" is ready for its awards moment.
With director/star Bradley Cooper tapping into the vast screen potential of pop star Lady Gaga, the musical drama has taken off this awards season, pulling in five Golden Globe nominations Thursday: best drama, best director and actor for Cooper, best actress for Gaga, and best song, "Shallow" (the hit duet by Cooper and Gaga).
The superstar duo followed that with Friday's Grammy nominations, earning four: "Shallow" is up for record of the year, song of the year, best duo/group performance and best song written for a visual media. (The film's entire soundtrack, released in October, wasn't eligible for this year's Grammys, which had a cutoff date of Sept. 30).
All the more impressive: "A Star Is Born" is not some obscure awards-season critical darling film, with a 90 percent positive rating on RottenTomatoes. It's also a mighty box-office performer, $370 million worldwide and counting. Ten weeks after its initial release, the film has added a run in IMAX theaters.
"In terms of a diverse award nominations and overall impact on pop culture and music, this is rare stuff we're seeing," says Erik Davis, managing editor of the ticket site Fandango.com.
Not since 1992's "The Bodyguard," starring Kevin Costner at the height of his power alongside pop superstar Whitney Houston, has a film touched so many different audiences, Davis says. " 'The Bodyguard' had that mass appeal of that popular leading man, the pop superstar, a soundtrack with music that dominated the airwaves, and the awards," winning album of the year at the Grammys.
"A Star Is Born" is eyeing even greater awards glory.
It's a journey that started with skepticism: popular actor steps behind the camera for the first time in an ambitious remake with a pop superstar who's an untested movie lead.
The first trailer for "A Star Is Born" is out and it stars Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga.
But the first trailer in June was the movie reveal of the year, providing a taste of what Gaga and Cooper could bring as Ally and Jack: stellar chemistry, stunning concert shots and drama. After wowing on the red carpet for September's triumphant Toronto Film Festival unveiling, Gaga cried during the standing ovation.
Still, "A Star Is Born" has managed to grow in appeal without getting ahead of itself. It has never won an opening weekend since its debut in October, but it became so instantly steeped in the culture that dressing as Ally and Jack was the "couple costume that reigned supreme" on Halloween, according to Yahoo Culture.
There have been just enough setbacks among the giddy successes to keep it interesting. "Star" missed out on major awards in Toronto and lost out for best picture and best actor in November's National Board of Review awards to "Green Book" and its leading man, Viggo Mortensen.
But still, it took honors awards for Cooper, Gaga and supporting actor for Sam Elliott, whose gem of a role as Jack's manager/brother demands to be the pay-awards-respect-to-the-veteran-actor story of the season.
"Star" rocked the Globes, but political drama "Vice" took the top nomination haul with six (snubbing Elliott). Kendrick Lamar and his songs for "Black Panther" took the biggest Grammy haul with eight.
"The best thing of all – not everything is going its way for 'A Star Is Born.' There’s still enough going wrong to give a touch of underdog status, but at the same time it's very much an awards front-runner," says Dave Karger, special correspondent for IMDb.com. "The last thing you want is to dominate early, then you are 'La La Land.' "
"La La Land," of course, lost best picture at the 2017 Oscars after owning the awards season up to that point.
The Gaga and Cooper publicity rocket will get boosters with a high-profile red-carpet tour of awards shows, capped by their appearance at the Grammys on Feb. 10.
"That's just two days before the final Oscar ballots go out," Karger says. "That will not only keep 'A Star Is Born' in the zeitgeist but win more than a few votes as well."