We’ve done an analysis of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s Oscars 2019 performance of ‘Shallow’

25 February 2019, 11:27 | Updated: 25 February 2019, 11:39

By Maddy Shaw Roberts

It was an electric performance from the two actors which sparked unprecedented levels of excitement on Twitter, and earned the pair a standing ovation. But how did their voices shape up?

It has become tradition for every Best Original Song nominee to perform their hit at the annual Academy Awards ceremony.

This year, the nominees included ‘The Place Where Lost Things Go’ (Mary Poppins), ‘I’ll Fight’ (RBG) and ‘When a Cowboy Trades his Spurs for Wings’ (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs) – performed at the ceremony by Bette Midler, Jennifer Hudson and Gillian Welch and David Rawlings respectively.

But the standout performance was surely Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s deliciously raucous ballad, ‘Shallow’, from A Star is Born, which would later win the coveted Oscar for Best Original Song.

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Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper perform at 91st Annual Academy Awards
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper perform at 91st Annual Academy Awards. Picture: Getty

Cooper, despite saying he has ‘retired’ his character Jackson Maine’s gravelly vocals, was convincing as he serenaded Gaga in his upper register.

Taking over in the first chorus, Gaga’s voice perhaps sounded a bit sharp, and she could have enunciated the lyrics more. But the acting and chemistry were spot-on.

In the final 20 seconds of the song, as Gaga and Cooper sang together at that beautiful Steinway piano, you could have heard a pin drop.

And to capture an audience’s attention like that – that’s the sign of a great performance.

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper received a standing ovation
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper received a standing ovation. Picture: Getty

Gaga, along with songwriters Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt, beat out competition including ‘All the Stars’ (Black Panther), ‘I'll Fight’ (RBG), ‘The Place Where Lost Things Go’ (Mary Poppins Returns) and ‘When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings’ (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs).

In her acceptance speech, she said: “Bradley, there is not a single person on the planet that could have sang this song with me than you. Thank you for believing in us. Thank you so much.”

Gaga made history at the 91st Academy Awards as the first person to ever receive a nomination for Best Actress and Best Original Song in the same year.