The trailer for A Star Is Born was shown to a small group of critics at CinemaCon in April and those critics were adamant about pushing the film as a big tearjerker with major Oscar potential.
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper play Ally, the unknown bar singer, and Jackson, the country musician who discovers her and catapults her to stardom. Apparently their performances were SO powerful that Lady Gaga watched the entire film with tears streaming down her face.
“I just remember that from the very first frame, I just burst into tears. I literally cried watching the whole movie. I had to watch the film several times before I could watch it as an audience member, if that makes any sense?”
Hellooooo!? Gaga is COMING for that Oscar, like it or not.
Gaga and film critics are certainly not the only ones to have been blown away by the final cut of the film. From start to finish, A Star Is Born, who starred and directed it, took Cooper three years to make, and he admitted that seeing the fruits of his labor felt more gratifying than any sort of hype around the film. Cooper told Entertainment Weekly,
“I would’ve been terrified if it wasn’t the movie I wanted to make or I felt like I had left something on the field. We haven’t left anything on the field. I mean, it’s all there. Whether it works or not . . . I mean, look, talk to me if it’s a bomb and see how I feel. But I can really say that I’ll take the heat or whatever it is, because it’s the movie I wanted to make.“
A Star Is Born hits theaters on October 5. Get out your handkerchiefs!