Lady Gaga chooses a sophisticated performance at the 2023 Oscars
Lady Gaga built a career challenging expectations in music and film, and her performance on Oscar 2023 was no exception.
The pop icon appeared at the Sunday ceremony in a floor-length black dress and sheer bustier from Versace. But by the time she took the stage to perform “Hold My Hand”, her Oscar-nominated song from “Top Shooter: Maverick”, she swapped Hollywood glamor for a casual t-shirt, ripped jeans and minimal makeup.
She devoted her performance at Tony Scott, who directed the original 1986 Top Gun. The British director and younger brother of Ridley Scott also directed hits such as 1993’s True Romance and 1998’s Enemy of the State. He died in 2012 at the age of 68.
Gaga’s stripped-down approach was a notable change from 2019, when she joined Bradley Cooper, who co-starred with Gaga in “A star is born,” For dream interpretation “Shallow” on stage at the Oscars.
Watch Lady Gaga perform “Hold My Hand” at the 2023 Oscars below.
As with “Shallow”, Gaga’s performance of “Hold My Hand” was filmed from a very close-up, which fully showcased her unparalleled talents as a musician, but nonetheless elicited some amusing responses from viewers.
“Lady Gaga unleashed all the open mic energy at the Oscars like you don’t understand that I’m obsessed,” writes Vanity Fair. Chris Murphy wrote.
IndieWire film critic David Erlich also applauded the decision: “Lady Gaga once again said, ‘I’ll only perform at the Oscars if it’s filmed in the most uncomfortable intimate way possible,’ and I love that about her.”
Despite the praise, Gaga lost the Oscar for Best Original Song “Naatu Naatu”, from the Indian film “RRR”.
Turns out the minimalist outfit could be out of necessity. Gaga, who is currently filming Joker: Folie à Deux, was originally expected skip the Oscar. Her performance was just confirmed by the stage clock before the Sunday ceremony.