Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, “A Star Is Born,” premiered at the Venice Film Festival on Friday.
The film generally received positive reactions from critics and festival attendees, with some calling it an “instant classic.”
“A Star Is Born” is the third remake of the 1937 classic, which starred Janet Gaynor in an Oscar nominated performance. It had seven nominations overall including Best Picture, and won for its script. Judy Garland and James Mason starred in the 1954 version, which earned six nominations. Both Garland and Mason were nominated. In 1976, Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson starred in another version, which earned four Oscar nominations, but none for either performance.
The reactions out of Venice suggest that Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga (née Stefani Germanotta) could be on their way to reclaiming Oscar nomination glory for their work here. For Cooper, it would be his fourth nomination for acting. He was previously nominated three years in a row, for “Silver Linings Playbook,” “American Hustle,” and “American Sniper.” He also shared a producing credit on “Sniper” and added an additional nomination when it made the Best Picture lineup in 2014.
With Cooper directing, starring, co-writing the script and a song, it is conceivable that the actor could personally walk away with four Oscar nominations for this.
Lady Gaga is a multiple Grammy winning recording artist, who also won a Golden Globe for her performance on “American Horror Story.” She wrote most of the original music for “A Star Is Born,” co-writing songs with Cooper and nine-time nominee Diane Warren.
The review embargo won’t lift for a few more hours. In the meantime, here is what some of the Venice crowd had to say on Twitter:
Had the chance to see #AStarIsBorn & it’s as excellent as the trailer. Pays tribute to the previous versions while remaining fresh & surprising. Best Picture & Best Song nominations on the way along with acting recognition for Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga & (finally!) Sam Elliott. pic.twitter.com/Ec66PPe5fl— Dave Karger (@davekarger) August 31, 2018