“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 with a cut-off date of Sept. 30).
All the more impressive: “A Star Is Born” is not some obscure awards-season critical darling film, with a 90% positive rating on RottenTomatoes. It’s also a mighty box-office performer, $364 million and counting. Ten weeks after its initial release the film added a special run in IMAX theaters starting Friday.
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“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.
Davis says 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. “‘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.