Lady Gaga took to her Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 25) to thank the Motion Picture Academy for her fourth Oscar nomination, for co-writing “Hold My Hand” from Maverick is the Top Gun BloodPop. The Power Ballad has been nominated as the best original song.
“Thank you so much to the Academy for nominating my song ‘Hold My Hand’ for an Oscar this year!” Gaga wrote. “Writing this song for the film Maverick is the Top Gun It was an unforgettable experience. I am so grateful for the magic that music and cinema bring to my life. Love you my co-writer @bloodpop I’m on set filming now big love to little monsters!”
This is Gaga’s third nomination in the category. She and Diane Warren teamed to write “Til It Happens to You” from the 2015 doc The Hunting Ground. She teamed with Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt to write “Shallow” from the 2018 remake of A Star Is BornThe award was won by, Gaga was also nominated for best actress in that year’s film for her role alongside Bradley Cooper.
Gaga’s Instagram came one day after her friend and collaborator Tony Bennett issued a tweet congratulating her. “Congratulations to the amazingly talented @ladygaga On her 4th Oscar nomination! Lady Gaga becomes the first artist ever to receive three nominations for the Best Original song category at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. #Oscars. So proud of you!”
It’s unclear what Bennett meant by the comment about Gaga’s record-setting achievement. Other artists such as Randy Newman, Lionel Richie and others have received three or more nominations for this category.
“Hold My Hand” is one of six nominations that Maverick is the Top Gun received, including best picture. The film did better than the original with Oscar voters. Top Gun In 1986, the film received four Oscar nominations. It’s unusual for a sequel to outpace the original in the esteem of Oscar voters.