While some may have hoped Lady Gaga would go grotesque for the 73rd annual Golden Globe Award ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Monday night, Lady Gaga went for safely glamorous. On stage, she was gracious when she was announced as the winner for Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.
In her acceptance speech, she said, “I feel like Cher in that John Patrick Shanley film ‘Moonstruck’ right now. This is one of the greatest moments of my life. I have to thank Ryan Murphy. You’re just a wonderful human being.” She then thanked as many of the actors and production staff as possible, commenting, “Because of you, I was able to shine, I guess. So thank you for sharing your talent with me. I wanted to be an actress before I wanted to be a singer, but music worked out first. To my family, my mother, my father, my sister Natalie, I love you so much. I have to thank my team. You guys pick me up every single day. The things I put my body through and my mind through when I’m working, it makes me like a child. I can’t even do things on my own. You allow that, and you take care of me, and you help me to explore my creativity in ways that I never thought I could.”
When she got backstage, her first question was from the Golden Globes website: “When you started in this industry, did you ever imagine you would be where you are now?”
In reply, Lady Gaga stated, “No, absolutely never did I imagine that. I always imagined that I would have a long love affair with music and with art and with reading my books and plays, but I never imagined any of this. I am extremely honored to be in the company of such talented people tonight. I always wanted to be an actress. I went to acting school for many years. This is just the best thing that could have happened to me, honestly.”
Asked about how tapping into her darkness for “American Horror Story,” Lady Gaga explained, “I think for many people darkness is just that, a bleak, empty space, empty and void. For me darkness is an expression about pain and you can create things that are so beautiful. That is exactly the thing I got to do on this show with Ryan and the cast. It was thrilling to return to it. It was cathartic, exhilarating, liberating. I would leave the set every day so full of release. The countess is very evil. She’s not a good-willed kind of person, but what I do find in her which I am happy to say today is that after 100 years she never gave up, no matter what she went through, and you will fail in this business. The true test is if you can continue and stand up and accept failure and move forward. I learned that from her, and I suppose it will stay with me in my music. I love the art of darkness.”
When asked if she’d be putting out a new album, Lady Gaga wouldn’t be specific, but conceded, “I am putting out an album this year. I won’t tell you when, but it is coming out this year. Will it reflect my outer appearance, that’s a difficult thing to say as I don’t know that you yet know what I will look like for my next album. I am still creating all of those things. It is something that is a gradual change that was always with me. What was nice about playing the Countess, it reminded me in my own life and music I am at times playing a character. Living inside of her is liberating because she doesn’t give a shit about anything. She’s lived too long, knows too much to be bothered by a thing. I am a little bit different than that, but I will say that I think that confidence will stay with me, but who’s to say my music and my position in the world. I only hope to give back as much and blessed things to my fans and to the universe as they have given to me, through my work and art forever.”
The Oscar nominations to be announced on Thursday, a reporter wanted to know if Lady Gaga thought she’d be nominated. Lady Gaga didn’t want to get her hopes up and said, “Shall we just take it a day at a time, dear? This is a lot. I don’t know. An Oscar nomination would be fantastic.” Of the song, she said “I wrote that song with Diane Warren. It was intended to make people happy in a time of sadness when they felt misunderstood. An Oscar nomination would be tremendous just like this Golden Globe nomination and win is tremendous, but the true win is in the work. I really truly feel that the win for me is always in the creative process. If you can enjoy every second of making a piece with your friends, that is the win. When you are miserable the whole time, this is something else. I know the difference.”
The song, “Til It Happens to You” was written for the campus sexual assault documentary “The Hunting Ground” which aired on CNN in November of last year and focuses on two women, Andrea Pino and Annie E. Clark. The two were University of North Carolina students and they filed a Title IX complaint against UNC, saying they were raped while enrolled in the school. The song has already won a Best Song in a Documentary at the 2015 Hollywood Music in Media Awards and is nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award (Best Song Written for Visual Media).
“American Horror Story: Hotel” is available on Amazon Video.