‘A Star Is Born’ and ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ at Tiff: 18 Possible Oscar Nominations Between Them

‘A Star Is Born’ and ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ at Tiff: 18 Possible Oscar Nominations Between Them
Rookie director Bradley Cooper’s $45-million musical retelling of “A Star is Born”, in which he stars opposite emerging movie star Lady Gaga, has exploded out of Venice and Toronto (Metascore: 88) and will become an enormous popular hit. At Sunday night’s North American premiere at Tiff, the audience broke into applause during the film and rose to its feet at the end, cheering. During the Q&A, when Cooper’s cowboy-hatted musical collaborator Lukas Nelson (son of Willie), told silver-sheathed Lady Gaga, “You destroyed every scene you were in,” the Elgin Theatre stood up again with deafening applause. Lady Gaga was finally overwhelmed with tears. “I wouldn’t be here without you,” she told Cooper.

As her character Ally is brought to stardom by hard-drinking music icon Jackson Maine in the movie, so does Cooper turn Lady Gaga (born Stefani Germanotta) into a movie star. Ugly duckling singer-actress Barbra Streisand
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