The four friends who bagged a best original-song Oscar for “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” talked backstage about the hard work of songwriting.
“For this film, there were many songs written but there was one song that was written with true, true friends,” Lady Gaga said, telling reporters at the Dolby Theatre that her co-writers Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt “know everything about me.”
She said that’s not true of the rest of the world.
“People see what they see on the outside and in some way, shape or form we become archetypes,” the iconic pop star said, talking about struggles that “broke me … tortured me.
“People think that it comes easy to us because when we show up and we have our suits on … everyone on this stage has been through so much … we have worked on ourselves … we have tried to heal.
“The truth is that this is very, very hard work and it’s not for the faint of heart,” Gaga said.
She and Ronson credited actor-director Bradley Cooper with the outsized success of the song.
“We have to thank Bradley tremendously … This song would not be what it is” without Cooper’s voice, without the platform of the film, Gaga said.
“I wish you could have all witnessed him singing take after take live,” she said, wishing everyone could see “the true brilliant man that he is.”
Gaga and Cooper performed the song on stage during the Oscar ceremony.
“One of the hardest things in life is to be brave enough to be yourself,” Gaga said. “That’s actually what Bradley said to me yesterday. He said, `let’s just drop a little bit of joy.”’
She said she “wanted everyone tonight to feel like they could be each one of us on that stage … I’m not standing here tonight for myself … we are standing here tonight for all of you.”
When they were writing the song, Gaga said they were “not sure if anyone would ever give a damn.”
But Ronson said when he heard it come together “all my hairs stood up and it felt like someone hugging my soul … it has melancholy, it has triumph, it has the feeling of a hug.”
Rossomando said the song’s success may also be a product of its time.
“Maybe there’s some timing involved, people’s hearts are open to that conversation,” the songwriter said.
Gaga attributed it to something else.
“The unfortunate truth is that … our cellphones are becoming reality” and the song offers “a very poignant statement: I wish to not be in the shallow but I am … it’s a chance for us to all join hands together” and dive off into the deep end.