2018 American Music Awards: Paul Blair still finds an Oscar nomination 'an insane idea'
Following the massive success of 'A Star is Born', Paul Blair confesses that he and Lady Gaga have done a good job for the soundtrack
It will soon be time for the 7,000 film professionals to gather all their resources to nominate some of the most notable films for the next Academy Awards. However, with the Oscars teasing its fans with the new category for 'Outstanding Achievement in Popular Film', there are high chances that the Lady Gaga-Bradley Cooper starring movie 'A Star is Born', which released on October 4, will definitely give other Oscar nominees a run for their money.
While it is being contemplated that the film might be nominated under the Best Original Song category, Paul Blair aka DJ White Shadow is surely proud about the work that he and Lady Gaga have put into writing the songs in the movie, which has precisely captured the real 2010s pop landscape.
The 40-year-old Blair, who has six co-writing credits on the remake’s soundtrack, has been Gaga’s right-hand man since 2011. At this year's American Music Awards, when asked if he is looking forward to the Oscars, Blair said, "I’m really proud of the work we did writing the songs, I’m really proud of [Lady Gaga] for what a crazy endeavor she pulled off. It’s one of those things where I just feel happy to be a little part of it."
Blair has a long history with Gaga - having produced nine songs on 'Born This Way' - Gaga's 2011 album including the title track and 'The Edge of Glory', and also working with her on the 2017 single 'The Cure'. He, however, still finds it an insane idea that his works could be included in the list of nominations at the Oscars. "That to me still seems insane. If you were to tell me I’d be standing here ten years ago that would seem insane as well. So I’m just taking it for what everybody else says and I have no ideas or expectations." Blair also has no idea how he started working for 'A Star is Born' in the first place.
However, considering the consistency he has when collaborating with Gaga, he had told Billboard, "You’re bouncing off of each other - just, 'Here’s what we got, let’s work on more shit'. As the movie developed and the script got honed in, you have better ideas and build stuff more concisely. It wasn't like, 'Gentlemen, start your engines!'" 'A Star is Born' has been adapted for the fourth time, and it has already begun the buzz that Gaga might just land up at the Oscars with the most anticipated film of the year. The film follows the story of an aspiring singer, Ally, who is discovered by rock star Jackson Maine.
As the story moves forward, Ally takes up a mononymous pop persona and begins to perform her own songs, most of which have been co-written by Blair. Blair also confessed that Gaga had found her own resemblance in the character Ally whose story is very much similar to hers. Blair had said in this regard, "With any good actor, they draw on their own personal experiences to do that role. It’s the same for writing the songs for Ally. We drew on that arc and wrote songs toward it."
Watch more of Blair and the 2018 American Music Awards below: