Lady Gaga has received two Oscar nominations for best actress in "A Star Is Born" and best original song, "Shallow."
In an interview with the New York Times, the Grammy and Golden Globe award-winning singer and actress explained that the recognition from the Academy goes beyond just herself.
“These are not Oscar nominations for me, these are Oscar nominations for the Germanottas,” she said, referencing her family name.
“I come from an Italian-immigrant family, and this feels like a very big win for them,” she told the paper. “This film was a lot of hard work, and I wouldn’t know that hard work if I didn’t know the hard work of the lineage of my family.”
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Gaga was nominated for an Academy Award once before. Her hit "Til It Happens To You" from "The Hunting Ground" was nominated for best original song in 2016.
I come from an Italian-immigrant family, and this feels like a very big win for them.
She told the Los Angeles Times what another nomination means to her.
“There's really no award that is more esteemed than the Oscar in acting, and for music, it is also extremely special,” she said.
“Since I was a little girl, I always admired all of the artists that put in so much hard work and passion into filmmaking,” she told the Times. “Watching the award shows, I used to cry with them. It was always like I felt like I was them, even though I wasn't there. It was always a big deal with my family.”
Gaga also spoke about her reaction to her co-star, Bradley Cooper, not being nominated for best director for “A Star Is Born.”
“Well, you know, you never know what’s going to happen,” she told the Los Angeles Times.
“But at the end of the day, he knows that he’s the best director in my eyes, and in all of our eyes as his cast," she continued. "I know that he’s so happy that we’ve all been nominated and that the film was recognized and we all feel really, really beyond elated for the recognition.”
The best part about Gaga's reaction to her Oscar nominations? The singer finding out about her nods a few hours after her army of fans, known as “little monsters” -- because she was sleeping.
“I woke up around 8:30 and I didn’t know anything about it,” she told the New York Times. “I’ve been trying to get some sleep because I’m on showbiz time.”
The singer is currently performing multiple nights a week for her Las Vegas residency.