How To Watch A Star Is Born At Home Before The Oscars

Photo: Courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures.
It’s been four months to the day since Ally and Jackson Maine first blessed us with their big screen love story in A Star Is Born. That’s 18 weeks of humming “Always Remember Us This Way” on repeat; 91 days of replaying Bradley Cooper stroking Lady Gaga’s nose in my head over and over again; 3,024 hours of debating whether or not I should just give in and buy that $35 “Jackson Maine Live In Concert” merch tee. It’s been quite a ride.
Thankfully, the time of having to rely on the aaaAHHh AHHHhhh hAHHHHHaaaH viral trailer for a quick fix has come to an end.
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Hot on the tail of the movie’s five Golden Globe nominations (including a potentially historic one for Lady Gaga), and four from the Screen Actors Guild (another important nod for the singer, as it marked the recognition of her peers, the film is now nominated for eight Academy Awards.
The bad news is that the chances of the film winning Best Picture aren't looking so good. The good news is that you can catch up on the film beforehand. That means replaying Jackson Maine buying frozen peas under the fluorescent lights of a local supermarket turned major cinema landmark. (And if you skip past “Scene 98” — you know, the one where Jackson tells Ally she’s “just fuckin’ ugly” — no judgment. That moment’s hard on all of us. And on the soundtrack.)
And if you've been there, done that, might I suggest the three previous iterations of this classic Hollywood tale of fame and despair?
If you’re in a black-and-white Old Hollywood mood, stream the William Wellman version starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March as Esther Blodgett and Norman Maine. Bonus: The script was co-written by Dorothy Parker. (Available on YouTube, Amazon, and Google Play.)
Feeling more ambitious? Discover — or reconnect with — Judy Garland’s transcendent rendition of “The Man That Got Away” opposite James Mason in George Cukor’s 1954 classic. (Available on Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, Vudu, and Google Play.)
Is the rock scene the only place for you? Check out Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson in Frank Pierson’s (most boring, IMHO) take. (Available on Amazon, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu.)
And most importantly, keep your eyes peeled for those easter eggs and callbacks!
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