It suffices to say that over the years, the Oscars have produced their fair share of memorable moments. Fireworks are bound to break out when that many famous people and big figures gather in Los Angeles for an occasion, I mean.
Yet half of the enjoyment is waiting to see what will actually happen. Take Will Smith’s slap against Chris Rock from last year, which was shown throughout the world. Or how about when Moonlight, not La La Land, won the Best Picture Oscar and it wasn’t realised until the creators of La La Land were halfway through their acceptance speech?
It brings mixed emotions to say that there was no such disaster this year (at least not on that scale). Yet, there were a few instances that sparked a lot of conversation at home.
One such instance involved pop icon Lady Gaga, whose song “Hold My Hand,” which she wrote for the film Top Gun: Maverick, received a nomination for Best Original Song.
The 36-year-old, whose true name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, arrived at the Dolby Theatre for the Oscars red carpet in a Versace gown and accessorised with dramatic red lipstick and smoky eyeliner.
But, the Born This Way singer’s clothing change caught the attention of many viewers who were watching from the comfort of their homes.
Gaga gave an impassioned monologue just before singing “Hold My Hand,” in which she stated:
“It has a special meaning for me. I believe that we all require one another. To navigate this world, we require a lot of love. Everybody needs a hero once in a while, and they may be found anywhere in ordinary places. But even if you feel damaged within, you can discover that you can be your own hero.
Lady Gaga performed her song in a moving performance sans makeup. She also snuck out of the Versace gown stated earlier and changed into a black T-shirt, ripped trousers, and Converse.
Fans obviously had a lot to say, and they did indeed comment.
Gaga received four nominations for an Oscar, including one for Best Actress and two for Best Original Song (2016 and 2019), which she ultimately won with “Shallow” (2019).
She didn’t win any Academy Awards, so she had to return home empty-handed. This year, “Naatu Naatu” from the film RRR took home the trophy for Best Original Song.