Lady Gaga Stopped To Help A Fallen Photographer On The Oscars Red Carpet And Later Gave A Stripped-Down Performance Of Her Song From “Top Gun: Maverick”
Lady Gaga could actually be truly happy for all of the “Best Actress” nominees at last night’s 2023 Oscars since she didn’t get to sport a cumbersome accent in any 2022 films that would get her that nom. But, her grueling campaign to grab an acting Oscar will probably continue as soon as the sequel to Joker, Folie à Deux, hits the can. However, she was able to get some attention last night when she rushed to help a photog who busted his ass on the “champagne carpet” as she walked by. And she performed “Hold My Hand,” the song she and BloodPop created for Top Gun: Maverick; which was nominated for “Best Original Song.” Though she didn’t snag the trophy, her performance did receive buzz for its no frills/SANS FARDS vibes.
According to People, an ass-out Gaga was taking a somber-looking waltz down the carpet ahead of the show (probably in full Harley Quinn method) when a photog lost his fight with gravity and hit the ground. Resuming her role of Oscars’ caretaker from last year, she turned around and hurried over to make sure he was ok.
Ahead of the 95th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Gaga, 36, walked past a photographer on the carpet and watched as they stumbled to the ground. After making a surprised look, the singer/actress (wearing a Versace gown with a bold rear view) turned around and ran to help the photographer up
Here’s that moment:
And even though Mother Monster was initially not expected to perform due to scheduling conflicts with filming Folie, she came through at the eleventh hour with a very stripped-down performance of “Hold My Hand.” No performance art puking, no meat ensembles, no magical forcefields. Just Gaga, with her SANS FARDS face sitting on a stool with a t-shirt and ripped jeans while accompanied by a pianist and two guitarists. Before beginning the song, she gave a quick motivational speech, perhaps in light of the fact that the Monday after moving the clocks ahead leaves many of us feeling broken inside. via Variety:
“It’s deeply personal for me,” she said in offering a spoken introduction to her performance. “We all need each other. We need a lot of love to walk through this life. We need heroes sometimes. There’s heroes all around us…. You might find that you can be your own hero, even if you feel broken inside.”
Here’s the full performance:
Helping up the little people, rejecting societal beauty pressures, and saving us from being exposed to Heidi Montag’s music? Maybe Gaga’s vying to be that hero she mentioned. And luckily for her, it didn’t end up being Caitlyn Jenner she whipped around to assist. There are only so many alternate baristas!