Liza looked uncertain as she presented an award at the Oscars last night, but Lady Gaga had her back.
After decades as one of Hollywood’s brightest stars – winning an Oscar, two Grammys, four Tonys and an Emmy – Liza Minnelli has retreated from the spotlight in recent years.
Liza has faced serious health issues in the past, and in 2000 doctors warned her that she would never be able to walk or talk again after surviving a rare case of viral encephalitis, a potentially life-threatening brain infection. deadly.
Speaking to NBC’s Dateline 10 years later, she said of her illness, “I couldn’t walk and I couldn’t talk, and they told me I’m never… ever again.”
“After I was told that, everyone left the room and I turned my face to the wall and started saying ‘A – B – C…'” he said. she continued. “I want to live. I always wanted to live.”
Liza defied the odds to recover and even continued to work as she released her latest album, confessionin 2010.
Now 76, Liza rarely makes public appearances, but joined Lady Gaga on stage at the Oscars on Sunday to announce this year’s Best Picture winner.
Gaga has regularly spoken of her admiration for Liza and admitted that she was a huge influence when it came to pursuing her own career in showbiz.
Almost 50 years after winning the Oscar for her performance in CabaretLiza was in a wheelchair at last night’s ceremony and at times seemed unsure of what she was supposed to do.
But Gaga literally held her hand during their shared time on stage, but only after giving Liza her own moment in the spotlight.
As the audience applauded Liza’s surprise appearance at the show, Gaga stepped back to put the spotlight on her co-host. She then told the star, “See that? The audience, they love you.”
Liza was laughing as she rummaged through her notes and could be heard saying, “Oh yeah, now what am I…I don’t understand.”
Gaga smiled graciously and reassured her, “I have it,” before introducing Liza to the audience and calling her a “true showbusiness legend.”
When it was Liza’s cue to speak, she turned to Gaga for confirmation and the star gave her a comforting nod. Liza then seemed to struggle with her lines, saying, “Throughout the night we saw highlights of the top 10.. …you know…nominated for Best Picture awards…”
Gaga then finished for her, “We’ll see who the nominees are right now.” Liza looked relieved smiling and replied, “Oh good.”
In a sweet private exchange that was picked up by their microphones, Gaga leaned over Liza and whispered, “I got you,” to which Liza replied, “I know, thanks.”
When it was time for the couple to announce the winners, Gaga checked that Liza was ready before opening the envelope for her and letting her announce CODA win by itself.
Viewers watching at home were impressed with the subtle way Gaga supported Liza throughout their time on stage. They were quick to praise her for not being humiliating while simultaneously guiding the Hollywood legend and expertly pushing the segment forward.
“The way Lady Gaga managed to handle the situation to move the show forward and preserve Liza’s dignity was masterful and shows how kind of a heart she has,” one person tweeted.
“It warmed my heart to see how considerate and caring Lady Gaga treated the terribly fragile Liza Minelli without stripping her of her dignity,” another acknowledged.
A popular tweet read: “It’s like a lesson in how to help the elderly while honoring who they are. What a class act from @ladygaga with legend Liza Minnelli. The conferred whispers of ‘I gotcha'” I know’ picked up by the microphones make it particularly touching.
Others were so moved by the stars’ friendship that they burst into tears as they watched, tweeting: “Not me crying over the gentle soul that is Lady Gaga cheering on and supporting legend Liza Minnelli. “
“I just gained a whole new respect for Lady Gaga watching the sweet and dignified way she interacted with Liza Minnelli. It literally brought tears to my eyes,” said another.
One viewer acknowledged that Gaga supported Liza without making the situation “condescending or awkward”, writing, “Hopefully at some point we can discuss what a Lady Gaga class act is and how which she maintained the Best Picture presentation while keeping Liza Minnelli grounded and included without ever being patronizing or awkward. Simply incredible.
The tender moment was a welcome distraction from the drama that ensued earlier at Sunday’s ceremony, with Will Smith sending shockwaves across the world when he slammed Chris Rock live on stage for making a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
The incident arguably overshadowed the rest of the series, which included Ariana DeBose making history as the first queer woman of color to win an Oscar, and Troy Kotsur becoming the first deaf man to win an Oscar for his role. of actor.