A Star Is Born
The authenticity of A Star Is Born resonated with the music community with its dazzling original songs, whether performed for thousands of screaming fans on screen, or simply between lead actors Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Cooper, who directed the film, and Gaga, who won an Oscar and a Golden Globe award for co-writing "Shallow," both turned to Nashville songwriters to convey the characters of troubled rock singer Jackson Maine and budding songwriter Ally. Early in the film's development, Cooper contacted producer Dave Cobb to help create Maine's edgy, yet earthy, sound. Cobb introduced him to music by Jason Isbell, who crafted the song "Maybe It's Time" after conversations with Cooper about the character's struggles with redemption. In addition, Gaga co-wrote "Always Remember Me This Way" with Natalie Hemby, Hillary Lindsey, and Lori McKenna, while "I'll Never Love Again" is a collaboration with Gaga, Hemby, Lindsey, and Aaron Raitiere. Among other songwriters on the soundtrack with country music connections, Paul Kennerly composed "Diggin' My Grave," Lukas Nelson served as a songwriter, music producer, consultant and performer, and Diane Warren ("How Do I Live") contributed to the track "Why Did You Do That?" A Star Is Born received eight Oscar nominations.