Lady Gaga was orange & black in McQueen & Brandon Maxwell at the Oscars

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Every one of these Lady Gaga photos is cracking me up, oh my God. At some point, I just accepted that Gaga is always going to be over the top and extra and now I sort of enjoy her. Hell, she was one of the best parts of this year’s awards season. Gaga arrived at the Oscars in this structured Alexander McQueen gown and matching gloves. When she was on the carpet, I didn’t even really see the the stuff on her hips – what a weird look. I didn’t mind the gloves, by the way. I thought they went with the look. The biggest complaint is that Gaga is bright f–king orange, and her hair is too white-blonde. It’s just a blur of orange, white and black.

For the performance and for her Best Song win for “Shallow,” Gaga had already changed into a much more traditional gown by Brandon Maxwell. This was quite lovely, even though it had the feel of a goth prom dress. Yes, it was taffeta, but you could tell she was much more comfortable in it. She happily gave photographers several different poses backstage, especially with her “sitting a dress puddle and pretending to cry as she looks at her Oscar” pose. I’m telling you, she’s cracking me up.

For both looks, Gaga got to wear a massive necklace which was pulled out of the Tiffany’s archives. This necklace hasn’t been seen in decades. It’s the Tiffany Diamond, one of the largest cut yellow diamonds in the world, coming in at 128.54 carats. She paired the necklace with fancy vivid yellow and white diamond earrings.

As for the performance of “Shallow” – everyone was waiting for it, and the Oscar producers staged it beautifully. No shade, I loved this. It was dramatic and theatrical and well done.

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  1. Edith says:

    If I’d win an Oscar I would milk those photo ops to the max as well

  2. MCV says:

    she’s such a a theatre kid lol

    • Jinjie says:

      YES LOL!!!

    • Steff says:

      Anne Hathaway wasn’t even this OTT!

      • MCV says:

        I don’t know I still cringe at her “It came true” moment when she won, love both women but they’re really ott

      • sequinedheart says:

        I prefer Gaga’s take on Oscar OTT-ness.
        Anne’s was just ick. I like Anne but that was ghastl.y

    • Millenial says:

      I kinda love the crying pose. In a totally dramatic LOL kind of way. You go, Gaga.

    • 90sgirl says:

      I love that Lady Gaga and Bradley’s performance got Two standing ovations from the audience, ….and Twitter still buzzing about how beautiful it was.
      Variety, CNN , Hollywood reporter , so many media outlets gave it hugely high praise.

      It was so beautiful. Lady Gaga and Bradley were so good. Chemistry off the charts on the Oscar performance song. Wow.
      Also downloads on iTunes for the song went up hugely one quote was up 70% just after they performed it.
      Loved it,

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I really liked the performance, it was the perfect kind of dramatic for a film awards ceremony. She’s got great pipes, and I think his vulnerability in the singing department made it more engaging in a way.

  3. Milla says:

    Great dress. No words for fake tan.

    • MCV says:

      She and Bradley looked so orange during their perfomance

    • Elkie says:

      And the ‘tox/fillers, yikes!

      I’m glad she got her Oscar though (and for her music rather than her acting nom). She’s always been a bit extra, but Shallow is a solid song that is clearly superior to the last three winners, which were AWFUL.

      • SK says:

        Yeah, her fillers are INSANE. Uber distracting. I wish she would stop! Great performance though!

      • Mika says:

        I think people should give her a break. She might be doing Botox to relieve the pain from her disorder. My mom had chronic pain and migraines and she was told by doctors to get Botox injections. Gaga was struggling with fibromyalgia and it took toll on her face. I think people should stop ganging up on other women’s appearance. It’s her face at the end of the day. And you might not know the entire picture. I find a lot of comments on this site very cruel.

    • Giddy says:

      She was so orange that Trump was jealous.

  4. xpresson says:

    LOL… I was literally expecting an Orange and Black gown… This heading is Hilarious!!!

  5. Alexandria says:


    But it’s really nice to see her win an Oscar. I have a soft spot for Lady Gaga because she is not the conventional beauty in pop music. But she made it this far.

    • FHMom says:

      I have a soft spot for her, too. She’s one of the few people, IMO, who live up to their hype. I loved her with her red hair in ASIB. I don’t think she’s meant to be blond.

    • Naddie says:

      I dislike her a lot but I have to give it to her: she works hard, has a great voice and manages to stand out among the prettier ones.

    • Becks1 says:

      I havent seen the movie and I dont love the song Shallow, but I love Gaga so I am not mad that she won. She has a GREAT voice which I think people often forgot earlier in her career because she was so over the top with her persona (Which was fine, she was being Gaga.) but I love listening to her voice.

  6. Lulu says:

    There’s no way they’re dealing with each other, right?! Not with such an overtly intense performance.

    Also – was anyone else surprised by how decent Bradley sounded?

    • josephine says:

      I was surprised by his singing voice. I’m not convinced that there was any hanky panky going on, but I tend to be blissfully naive on these things. I think the movie was a super intense experience for both of them, and that’s showing. They may have become really close without something more happening. I know people tend to be done on Bradley (I missed why that is), but I thought both his acting and directing were pretty strong here.

    • Lala11_7 says:

      Nope…they filmed all of the musical numbers in the movie live…so I would have been more surprised if Bradley wasn’t on point….

      • Renee says:

        IKR Lala11_7. I loved their musical performances in the movie. But their chemistry last night was off the charts!

      • atlantic says:

        @Renee – It seemed like manufactured chemistry to me. And so overdone that I didn’t find it believable at all.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Umm…of course, it’s manufactured chemistry. They were actors putting on a performance on a stage in front of cameras.

    • 90sgirl says:

      Bradley , sang live, they got TWO Standing Ovations from the audience live , of their peers, they were amazing. Wow..
      they were amazing together,

      One reporter on Twitter said the guy who Won the Oscar lipsynched., Who played Freddy Mercury. Is that true? I haven’t sen the movie yet.

      Still amazing performances by everyone nominated and the winners kudos. Well done to all.

  7. Digital Unicorn says:

    LOL – you can always rely on Gaga to bring the over the top dramatics to the party. Even thou she shares that Oscar with the 3 other people who wrote the song as well, she’ll milk it as only hers for all its worth.

    Am glad she didn’t win, she’s not a great actress even thou she is desperate to prove she is. Music is where her talent is.

    • Div says:

      She gave credit to the other songwriters all the time (I think she mentioned them in her speech, I know she has before) and she’s called them out before. She, Mark, and Anthony are also really tight—I follow Mark on IG and Anthony’s talked about how close he with the other two. I get why you might not like Gaga, but she’s always given credit to her co-writers unlike two other, cough cough, pop girls that I’m afraid to mention by name (whom I adore, but definitely have been called out numerous times for being shady with credit).

      But yeah, she didn’t deserve to win and the nomination was questionable. She’s a decent actress, but not a great one. I actually think her calling, if she wants to act, might be in a “true” musical.

    • Lulu says:

      I thought she was excellent in ASIB, and was worthy of her nomination. This isn’t a Madonna – trying to be an actress – situation.

      • CooCooCatchoo says:

        When Gaga won, I imagined Madonna ugly crying at home while sticking pins into a Gaga voodoo doll. Gaga got so much respect from the film world this year, something that has alluded Madge her entire career. Plus she takes every op to shade Gaga, which makes her look like a whiny, bad loser.

      • Kebbie says:

        There are pictures of Madonna and Gaga hanging out together last night. Madonna is like cuddling with her. I’m guessing had she won the Oscar for acting it might’ve been a different story.

  8. Div says:

    Ha, that’s why I’ve kind of come to like Gaga too—I’ve accepted that she will always be extra as h*ll and the extra-ness can be amusing, if occasionally annoying. Like I think that’s the reason she and Celine apparently get on so well because they both are insanely extra theater kids.

    I thought she looked great except for the tan and the hair color. She was almost as orange as Charlize when she won back in the day, and I didn’t think anyone would ever top that tanning mess.

  9. Christina says:

    She looks better with darker hair.

  10. grabbyhands says:

    God, she was exhausting.

    Shallow winning for Best Song has pretty much been a lock since the nominations were announced so all the faux tears and shock over the win was annoying.

    • Kebbie says:

      At least it’s over. It always drove me crazy how long she took to get up to the damn stage. Every time she would just stay seated and start the fake crying and looking at Bradley or whatever.

      It’s pretty comical how much she has milked her “Best Original Song” wins though lol no one has ever demanded so much attention for that nothing category.

  11. BaeBae says:

    So I love love Gaga but I’m exhausted of her and Bradley 😩

    • Lisa says:

      the whole Bradley/Gaga is so disrespectful to his relationship. Like Irina doesn’t exist. NOR their child. When the national news is talking about them being sexy together is not a good sign.

      • Div says:

        Like haven’t there been very -strong- rumors that he’s gay? To the point his ex insinuated it pretty heavily? And the relationships with both Suki and Irina kind of looked staged/odd at times, like a beard situation?

        I just figure they are two extra people who are close friends who know how to turn up the heat—kind of like Kate and Leo or Ryan and Emma.

        On the other hand, while I chalk Gaga’s behavior up to just being extra…I do remember he gave this really odd interview where he kept saying he was in love with her eyes and other weird things. Like it seemed a bit odd, even to sell a movie and push the romance angle, or for two friends.

      • Kebbie says:

        I don’t know how to say this without it coming off as mean, but I think if it were a different person other than Gaga, it wouldn’t be so over the top. Like if his co-star was in any way a legitimate threat to his relationship, he’d rein it in. In his personal life, he dates models. I just don’t see Gaga and Bradley as anything other than phony performance art. I’m kind of shocked people think they could actually be something in real life.

      • Erinn says:

        I didn’t know he was a dad! I didn’t even realize he’d been with his partner as long as he has haha. I’m completely out of the loop.

    • Good GRrrrrl says:

      Someone on my FB claimed to aspire to the film’s fictional romance. At age 50 I’ve finally let go of co-dependent power imbalance BS. Particularly w addict depressives.

  12. Ifeoma says:

    Thank God awards season is over. Wow!

  13. launicaangelina says:

    I like her, what can I say? They did a great job with the performance too. I still haven’t seen ASIB, but am looking forward to it.

  14. SM says:

    Too extra and too orange. I guess those are two traits she shares with Bradley. He starts to look like a Ken doll

  15. Ramona Q. says:

    Her back looked amazing in the second dress. Like a swimmer.

    • ChillyWilly says:

      I said the same thing last night! Her back looked amazing in that dress. She is in really great shape.

  16. xdanix says:

    In her defence, I don’t think that tan is fake, or at least not all of it. After her engagement broke up she went on holiday to Mexico and only got back about 4 days ago.

    I thought she looked pretty last night, and their performance was gorgeous, really gorgeous. It was the highlight of the night for me.

    • Good GRrrrrl says:

      Not buyin the orange lyin. Actresses must stay out of the sun for light reading in particular plus the aging. Just like “Madonna fell off her horse” then came back w a new face, lady G takin fakin advice d’ Madge. Yawn.

      • xdanix says:

        I mean, you could be totally right about the tan being fake. It is VERY strong. But I definitely saw at least two different sets of paparazzi shots of her sunbathing in Mexico retweeted on my twitter, so Gaga apparently doesn’t subscribe to the advice to stay out of the sun!

  17. Helen says:

    people can do whatever they want when it comes to plastic surgery, but man, fillers are never not awful. i wish the trend would go away. even just botox is fine, that other stuff is gnarly.

    • Kebbie says:

      I don’t understand why people keep getting them as they start to look deformed. She’s 32 and she could pass for mid 40s easily.

  18. Darla says:

    I don’t like her and I don’t like him, but it is a really good song.

  19. Alissa says:

    I didn’t like her hair. I think if it had been a softer color it wouldn’t have been apparent how orange she was.

    Also, it must just be me but that performance, while sounding beautiful, made me legit uncomfortable. I would have killed for a cutaway to Irina haha.

  20. Lucy2 says:

    I could not get over how solidly orange she was! Why??? Especially with that hair color, it bordered on Oompa Loompa territory. She is just so very extra too.
    While I don’t think he sounded very good, I give Bradley credit for singing it at the Oscars, especially with a trained and talented singer like her. But the staging of it at the end was cheesy and uncomfortable.

    • Esmom says:

      Yes, she looked so much like an Oompa Loompa, complete with the swirly hair. Terrible. The harsh looks add years to her, I’m not sure why she or her stylists don’t get that.

      • LahdidahBaby says:

        I so agree about the harsh looks adding years, Esmom! That platinum hair is WAY too light and, worse, it’s so STIFF that it makes her look like some small-town elderly lady in a bingo parlor. Her dress was beautiful and her BACK stole the show whenever it was on. She just really needs to try a more natural, slightly tousled up-do, maybe in a more honeyed tone. She would look sexier by far with softer, more natural hair.

  21. Ivy says:

    girlfriend needs to stop messing with her face. like… god. she’s got so much botox and filler that her face barely moved when she started crying! just my opinion but someone who can’t make facial expressions shouldn’t win best actress. i feel like i’m the only person who thinks this but i’m glad she didn’t win.

    • +1…agree w/ everything you wrote.

    • Alissa says:

      I was trying to figure out what was bothering me, and I’m pretty sure it’s the amount of fillers in her lips and Botox in her face.

    • jan90067 says:

      That really bothered me in the movie, too. I couldn’t stop focusing on the fact that her mouth, esp. her top lip, and her forehead didn’t move!

      • Kebbie says:

        It was really bad in the movie. I’m surprised that didn’t get more attention. I was completely distracted by her face in every emotional scene.

    • virginfangirls says:

      I was not impressed with her acting. To me, she seemed to have a smirk sometimes when she shouldn’t have been smirking. The bathroom scene comes to mind as an example.

    • Good GRrrrrl says:

      I second -so happy- a no actress win. Plus the power imbalance premise and “loving” a man who pees himself in public. The whole “co dependent “ romance glorified in this feminist era? Yuck. I loathed this movie and am so happy to see the fish fried, eaten w leftovers composted. Just stop reminding me @the obsession over this dumb film. Ugh.

  22. Lizzie says:

    i LOVE her performance dress. I wish she would have worn it on the carpet.

    • livealot says:

      Same. On another note i don’t understand why people keep questioning Irina’s comfortability with Bradley and gaga when it’s so painstakingly obvious that those two will go to the extreme to sell their chemistry for that OSCAR. Like it’s all an act. Two theatre kids desperate for that win, and I say this as a Gaga super fan.

      • MoreSalt says:

        Right? I heard on the radio this morning “It sure didn’t look like they were “ACTING” during that steamy duet!”

        Lol, right, except they’re both professional actors, who fake it for a living. If they looked like they were acting when they acted, they wouldn’t be at the Oscars in the first place. Manufactured drama and buzz, they know how to play the game and it worked, I’m thrilled for her.

  23. Malcolm H. says:

    Last worn in public by none other than Audrey Hepburn herself. Eat your heart out.

  24. Call_me_al says:

    That. Necklace. Omg. Incredible. That was the highlight of the night for me.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      The necklace was soooo beautiful. I couldn’t stop staring at it!

      • Lady D says:

        The only thing I saw too was that necklace. I read the headline for this story and thought huh, I completely missed the orange on that dress. I chalked it up to the laser focus I had on the diamond. It was a funny headline.

  25. ChillyWilly says:

    That dress puddle pic is everything! Love it on so many levels. Drooling over the Tiffany Diamond. I thought she looked great in both gowns but she really should have skipped the spray tan.

  26. Veronica S. says:

    You know, on anyone else, I’d hate the first dress, but I think it fits her quirky style, and that necklace was just the icing on top. She’s such a genuinely dramatic person. I love her lol.

  27. Marianne Hord says:

    I liked her second gown a lot more. Her and Bradley were the perfect orange pair though ;)

    I did find the constant tears annoying though. Like, you knew you were winning all season long. Like, stop with the fake surprise already.

  28. Other Renee says:

    I loved their performance but just couldn’t with the fake tears (notice there were no actual tears) and the hogging of the acceptance speech time over the others with BS blah blah.

  29. KeishaMarie says:

    She is SO theatre kid lol. She is just very dramatic and I don’t dislike her for that, the way she is. But glad she didn’t win best actress…soooo happy Olivia did!!….because I felt that Alli was Gaga , she played herself, just toned down and quieter, but was playing a quieter version of Gaga, it was not a big stretch for her. And I would HATE to be Irina, can’t be easy to be with an actor, they are all sooooo over the top and needy.

  30. Pansy says:

    Ok I loved ASIB, LOVE the song, loved their (I’m sure still in character) chemistry. I loved her two over the top dresses, I didn’t love her orange skin/platinum hair combo.
    But my gosh this woman used to show up to awards in literal meat. In literal eggs.
    She has come a long way baby.

  31. a reader says:

    I was thrilled that she won. She’s talented, hard working, super extra theater kid brilliant, and Shallow WAS the best song nominated.

    I LOVED the performance – I was legit bawling through it. She’s got such a great voice!!

  32. Kerfuffle says:

    I thought the performance wasn’t good, but Lady Gaga was definitely hustling to sell it.

    It’s interesting that there were 4 co-winners for Best Song, because 3 is the default max and they would have had to petition to add a 4th (which is ruled based on how substantial their contribution was – when Beyoncé petitioned for Dreamgirls, the Academy declined). Which makes me think that Gaga was the 4th person, because would they really go through that process otherwise? It’s just food for thought.

    • Miss M says:

      I think you are onto something. I remember for the GG, Ryan Seacrest asked her how long it took write the song. She paused for a second and said it was quick, looked at the others and one of them said about a week.

  33. Ann says:

    This is an opinion that I will probably get over one day but I’m bummed that Gaga won because I feel she shouldn’t be rewarded as penance for making that beyond gross song with R Kelly. I know she apologized for it but it was just such a disgusting thing to do and I still feel icky about Gaga in general.

    Despite that, the performance of Shallow was great. I didn’t notice how orange she looked until seeing these photos. That diamond was so beautiful. The structure on the first dress kind of reminded me of the prosthesis she wore in the Born This Way video so I thought it made sense, even though I found both looks a tad boring for Gaga specifically.

    • Div says:

      I mean, last year Kendrick threatened to pull off all his music on spotify if R. Kelly’s music was pulled off. I think it was incredibly effed up that Lady Gaga worked with him and disappointing as h*ll, but I never understood why she became the face of it considering multiple big artists, including her fellow Oscar nominee, have also done the same or worse with him.

  34. Themummy says:

    I felt SO uncomfortable watching their performance. I mean…get a room! At points it actually looked like they were trying not to kiss. If I were Irina I think I’d have been deeply uncomfortable. It is undeniable that Gaga and Cooper have big chemistry. I find them both very unattractive, personally, but they are ALL ABOUT each other. It was so obvious that I felt like I was in the bedroom with them almost. If that was all just acting, well, they did a great job.

  35. TheOtherSam says:

    Please don’t tell me they are setting up BCoop and Lady G for coming out as a ‘couple’ after Awards season is through (which it is as of last night). You can see this coming from a mile away: the news drop this past week that GaGa and her fiancee are over; all the blinds all over the place about Irina and Cooper not getting along, and the rest about his “astounding chemistry” with his co-star. And last night’s performance. I have a bad feeling here….

    Glad to see Lady G won last night, very well-deserved and their song was a show highlight. But please, no more questionable ‘coupling’. I don’t think this will be a positive for either of them if it happens.

  36. Renee says:

    Their performance last night was everything to me. I LOVED it!!!!

    • Lauren II says:

      Me too! I was surprised how good Bradley’s voice sounded. I thought Gaga looked classy- she is a true musician who can sing live and play piano. Gaga attended private school in Manhattan-she is well-educated & i respect her work ethic.

  37. Yes Doubtful says:

    Her hair color, style and tan look awful. The black dress was fab though. I love both Gaga and Cooper, but I’m glad the award season is over. It’s strange that people think they are a couple. Cooper is flirty and sweet with most of his female co-leads. Sandra, Julia, Jennifer…he’s not acting any different. It’s just who he is.

  38. Themummy says:

    Also, I can’t stand the song. It’s just dull and unremarkable…. It’s something that would actually make me change the radio station if it came on. But people seem to love it. I guess I’m missing something.

  39. holly hobby says:

    I don’t know what’s going on with the hips on the black dress. It’s just unfortunate looking.

    i did enjoy her and Bradley’s performance. It was good. Some say his girlfriend should be worried…:p

  40. sheilaj1 says:

    I know I’ve finally been buttercupped into oblivion when all I can think of watching these two is when the heck are they finally going to jump on each others’ bones?

    I know its sappy, and there’s so much all wrong with it, but I just adore these two working together. Wish a Star Is Born had gotten something more for their effort.

  41. Jo says:

    Daring to say… I think the shal-shal-shal-lowww lyrics are a bit silly. Wish I could just go with it, but it grates on me.

  42. atlantic says:

    At the end of the song when he joins her on the piano bench and they turn to look at each other. Ugh, ugh, ugh. So manufactured and ridiculous. I shrunk into a corner of the sofa in second hand embarrassment.

  43. MSat says:

    Please, lord, tell me that this means I don’t have to hear from these two and that song again for a long, long while.

    And now that’s it’s over, why hasn’t anyone discussed the fact that Bradley Cooper hit like 24 bad notes during his ONE VERSE of that song last night. Yes, I know he’s a dreamboat, but please, make it stop.

  44. virginfangirls says:

    I really enjoyed their performance. They drew me in and made me feel.

  45. liriel says:

    It’s funny how we’re on split on their performance. I actually bought their chemistry like I thought there was something real and felt the connection. Now I don’t know.
    One thing for sure the diamonds are gorgeous!
    I’m a bit sorry for him, he lost the director and the actor category. The movie was hyped and then..

  46. Anare says:

    I wish she would move on from some of the outlandishness, the white hair that looks like a Dairy Queen cone top, the orange glow. I get it’s her shtick but TBH I loved how young and pretty she looked in ASIB. She’s beautiful. Towards the end of the movie she looked like Lindsy Lohan with the fug orange hair, I hated that. But otherwise she looked so natural and I loved it. Bcoop looks way better with a little scruff, the beard and shaggy hair. Otherwise I do not find him attractive. But scruffy, yes, very nice!

  47. Susala says:

    I was reading through these comments and struck by the dichotomy of opinion related to these two and their song. I’m on the plus side (who am I kidding, I’m like mega-plus) and I’ve spent the past few minutes trying to understand why. You see, I want to reject the negative on this, I want to stomp on it, stifle it, leave it without air, and there are reasons…

    I’m getting tired of the world we’re living in. My insides, in these Trumpian sick times, have gone to tinder, spark, and gasoline. Every minute of every day has started to feel like explosion mode, and I persistently feel this whole damn world is coming to a close.

    And for four crummy minutes I want to believe there is something good, something better, some place where you can land and none of this celestial level rot exists any longer. Something that almost seems like what I remember ‘hope’ or a sense of ‘purity’ might have been.

    So excuse me if this is the most decent four minutes I can find today. Maybe its phony as hell, and maybe my misery with this world has left me thinking even insipid teenage fantasyland can have meaning, if only for a few minutes. In the midst of this disaster we’re calling America nowadays, I’ll take it because I don’t see a helluva lot left in the way of hopes, dreams and love.

    So leave me to my misery, and leave the negativity behind for a moment or two if you can. These two are selling a few minutes of hope wrapped in bows made of smiles and tenderness. And I want it, I want that for all of us so desperately in these times, I’ll take it even if it’s only a mirage.