A Star Is Born: reviews, news, and analysis of a classic Hollywood tale retold

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<p>In Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, he and Lady Gaga update an oft-told story of fame, love, and envy.</p>
<p id=Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut is the fourth movie to bear both the title and plot arc of A Star Is Born, about one star rising while another dims.

Starring Stefani Germanotta (a.k.a. Lady Gaga) as an aspiring singer and Cooper as the famous but struggling songwriter who discovers and nurtures her talent, A Star Is Born positions its love story — which has been told in previous versions from 1937, 1954, and 1976 — within the music industry, and is laced with memorable songs from Gaga and Cooper.

A Star Is Born’s Hollywood-musical lineage, combined with positive critical notices following its debut, put the film in the awards season conversation before it even hit theaters; at the very least, its centerpiece song “Shallow” is likely headed for a Best Original Song Oscar nomination. That would also be in keeping with A Star Is Born’s Hollywood legacy: Every previous iteration of the film has received multiple Academy Award nominations.