16 photos of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's emotional Oscars night that prove the duo's chemistry is real

Neal Preston/Warner Bros. EntertainmentCritics praised Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s chemistry while playing a couple in ‘A Star Is Born.’
  • Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga shared a number of sweet moments at LA’s Dolby Theatre on Sunday during the 2019 Oscars.
  • Both were nominated for their lead roles in “A Star Is Born.”
  • They also gave an intimate performance of the film’s main duet “Shallow,” which won the Oscar for best original song.
  • Throughout the emotional evening, fans swooned over the duo’s natural chemistry.

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga shared a number of sweet moments at LA’s Dolby Theatre on Sunday during the 91st annual Academy Awards.

Although neither took home an Oscar for their lead roles in “A Star Is Born” – which was also nominated for best picture, but lost to the controversial “Green Book” – the film was rightfully praised for its original song, the smash hit “Shallow.” (You can see a full list of the winners here.)

Cooper and Gaga also gave an intimate performance of the award-winning duet, which reignited fans and critics’appreciation for the duo’s natural chemistry.

Here’s a roundup of the best photos from the two actors’ emotional evening.


They walked onstage to perform “Shallow” hand-in-hand.

It’s traditional for the best original song nominees to perform at the Oscars – although Kendrick Lamar and SZA turned down the opportunity to perform “All the Stars” from “Black Panther.”


Cooper began to sing as Gaga made her way over to the piano.

Kevin Winter/Getty Images‘Tell me something, girl / Are you happy in this modern world?’

She paused before sitting down, however, to watch her co-star croon the first verse.


Fans loved the way Gaga watched Cooper.

Ed Herrera/Getty ImagesShe watched her onscreen husband with awe.

The look is familiar for “A Star Is Born” fans: Gaga’s character Ally is head-over-heels in love with Cooper’s Jackson Maine.


He had a similar look of awe.

Matt Sayles – Handout/A.M.P.A.S. via Getty ImagesThe actor seemed enchanted by Gaga’s voice.

The songstress already has multiple Grammys, including for “Shallow,” but last night marked her first-ever win at the Oscars.


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They got close as they performed the popular duet.

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesGaga wore a $US30 million necklace with a 128-carat yellow diamond.

They both continued to wear their classic, minimal, black-and-white outfits from the red carpet while onstage.


Their chemistry was on full display during the emotional performance.

Ed Herrera/Getty Images‘I’m off the deep end, watch as I dive in / I’ll never meet the ground.’

Gaga has repeatedly thanked Cooper for seeing her potential as an actress and casting her in the film, which he also directed.


Their intimate performance was beautiful from all angles.

Matt Sayles – Handout/A.M.P.A.S. via Getty Images‘Crash through the surface, where they can’t hurt us / We’re far from the shallow now.’

“Based on the internet reaction I think legally speaking Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper have to get married and have a baby now or it’s a felony,” popular YouTuber Philip DeFranco wrote on Twitter.


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The duo seemed touched by the audience’s thunderous applause.

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesThey received two standing ovations.

The crowd was so impressed with the performance, Cooper and Gaga were given two separate standing ovations.

“I’ve never seen that happen for any performers,” noted The Hollywood Reporter’s Chris Gardner.


They embraced once the song was finished.

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesThey became very close while filming the movie.

Gaga has repeatedly gotten emotional performing “Shallow.”


Cooper seemed a little relieved after the success of their performance.

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesCooper previously made a surprise appearance at Gaga’s residency in Las Vegas to sing ‘Shallow.’

Although it was not the first time the duo had performed the song live, Cooper said he was nervous for his vocals to be on display at the Oscars.

“That was terrifying,” Cooper previously told E! News about singing live with Gaga in Las Vegas.“I just had to, like, zen out and just pray that I wouldn’t ruin her show. Because, think about it, she just crushed it for two hours… and I thought, ‘Please let me just be on pitch.'”


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Gaga made sure that Cooper got his due.

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesCooper was nominated for best actor, but not best director, at the 2019 Oscars.

Gaga would later thank Cooper in her acceptance speech for best original song.

“There’s not a single person on the planet that could have sang this song with me but you,” she said.


They held hands as they walked offstage.

Craig Sjodin/Getty ImagesCooper and Gaga both seemed thrilled.

It was a much happier conclusion than the one their characters get in the film.


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And they stuck together backstage, too.

Matt Petit – Handout/A.M.P.A.S. via Getty ImagesThey held on to each other.

Neither returned to their seats immediately.


They remained side-by-side as they were praised and photographed by the crowd.

Eric McCandless/Getty ImagesHe often had his arm around her.

Gaga has said that the two shared an “instant connection,” even before they began filming Jackson and Ally’s love story.


At times, it seemed they couldn’t take their eyes off each other.

Matt Petit – Handout/A.M.P.A.S. via Getty ImagesThey’re very comfortable with prolonged eye contact.

Throughout awards season, Cooper and Gaga have become known for sharing sweet moments together.


They showed clear respect and support for each other.

Matt Petit – Handout/A.M.P.A.S. via Getty ImagesCooper and Gaga exchanged many touches and looks throughout the show.

Gaga recently got a tattoo to commemorate the song she originally sang for Cooper, which helped her land the role in “A Star Is Born.”

You can see the rest of INSIDER’s Oscars 2019 coverage here.

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