With a stunning appearance at the Super Bowl, Lady Gaga attended today’s Oscar nominees’ luncheon at Beverly Hilton Hotel.
The annual soiree toasts, where the year’s nominees will be seated for lunch which all was ended with a class photo. Lady Gaga is nominated for the song “Till It Happens to you” from the documentary The Hunting Ground.
The new Oscar producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin took to the stage to share a few words. Hill recognized
Lady Gaga’s presence by giving her a special shout out on her performance of the national anthem at the Super Bowl. Hill who has been a producer of several Super Bowls in the past, called Gaga’s performance “the best rendition i have ever heard, and, trust me, I’ve heard a lot.”
Gaga was shocked at the unexpected praise, her mouth dropped open when she heard her name and tears rolled down her cheeks as Hill gushed. She was so overwhelmed with emotions that she had to hide her face in her hands.
Also at the luncheon, academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs avoids the #OscarsSoWhite controversy – sort of. “We all know there is an elephant in the room-I have asked the elephant to leave,” she said during her opening remarks.
Hill and Hudlin also announced a new producer for acceptance speech. The names will be scrolled on a ticker at the bottom of the television screens during the 45-second speeches.
Hill said “As you probably are aware and we don’t want to embarrass anybody, but there is a long list of winners who have totally forgotten their directors, their husbands, their wives, their children and their animals.”
He also suggested the screen grabs of the scroll will become keepsakes for those who are thanked. “It’s a permanent record which could be kept, even framed and kept in the family forever,” he said. “How cool is that!”