There can be (way more than) 100 of the biggest celebs in showbiz in the same room, but there's only one who really matters: Lady Gaga. This isn't the first Oscars the titular star of A Star Is Born has been celebrated at -- she was nominated for Best Original song in 2016 for "Til It Happens To You," featured in the campus sexual assault documentary The Hunting Ground -- but it is a huge year for Gaga, née Stefani Germanotta. Her wrenching performance as Ally, opposite Bradley Cooper's Jackson Maine, in ASIB catapulted the already super-famous pop singer to a new plane of celebrity. No longer is she merely the avant-garde wild card who'll show up on the red carpet in a meat suit; she's ascended to near-deity status, reigning in her characteristic unpredictability for yet another personal pivot to flawless, untouchable star who still celebrates her roots.
At the 91st Academy Awards, Lady Gaga is back in the running for best song with "Shallow," an all-but-certain Oscar victor that's already taken home a bevy of awards, and is a Best Actress nominee for the first time ever, an award combination that's never happened before. In the awards circuit, she's impressed us with her chic red carpet looks, made fast friends with The Wife herself, Glenn Close, and blew us away with her performance at the Grammys. We're desperately awaiting her performance of "Shallow" with Bradley Cooper at this host-less, controversial Oscars and her tearful speech when she wins her first Oscar. As the most exciting star of this Oscars (this year's Timothée Chalamet, if you will, with all apologies to Richard E. Grant), we decided to follow Lady Gaga's big day for all the little monsters out there. Follow along.