SUNDAY TIMES WEB DESK:Singer-actress Lady Gaga took home her first Oscar in the Best Original Song category for Shallow — the popular track from the hit film, A Star Is Born.

The award went to Gaga and co-writers Mark Ronson, Andrew Wyatt and Anthony Rossomando. In her speech, she thanked her director and co-star Bradley Cooper, for “believing in us”. “Bradley: there’s not a single person on the planet that could have sung this song with me but you,” said Gaga, who got emotional after the win.

“Thank you for believing in us. And if you are at home and you’re sitting on your couch, and you are watching this right now, all I have to say is that this is hard work. I’ve worked hard for a long time, and it’s not about winning. But what it’s about is not giving up. If you have a dream, fight for it. There’s a discipline for passion, and it’s not about how many times you get rejected or you fall down, or you’re beaten. It’s about how many times you stand up, and are brave, and you keep going.”