Lady Gaga isn’t the first performer in a film to compete for a Best Song Oscar — some have even won

Can we agree that among the eight Oscar nominations granted “A Star Is Born,” its likeliest win will be Best Song for “Shallow”? That soaring ballad sold the music-packed showbiz saga’s first trailer like nobody’s business as Lady Gaga‘s Ally started to roar before a mic. The pop chanteuse herself would receive the honor alongside her co-writers Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt. The song has already won a Golden Globe and is up for four Grammys, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

Judging by the combined odds chart based on rankings by Experts, Editors and Users, “Shallow’s” support is quite deep, with more than 2,200 predicting it will win.

Songs that bring home the Academy Award usually benefit from actually being performed onscreen and not just heard, and Gaga and Bradley Cooper do a mesmerizing job of selling this tune. But does it also help when an actor either onscreen or as a voice of a character actually has a hand in its creation too?

Turns out, Gaga wouldn’t be the only actor in a film to take home an Oscar as a songwriter. Of course, Barbra Streisand won an Academy Award for “Evergreen” with co-writer Paul Williams when she starred in the third version of  “A Star Is Born” in 1976. She would compete again for another song,”I Finally Found Someone” (along with Bryan Adams, Marvin Hamlisch and Mutt Lange), from 1996’s “The Mirror Has Two Faces” while both directing and starring in the film.

In fact there have been 14 other times that onscreen and voice actors in films have competed as songwriters:

1. “I’m Easy” from “Nashville”(1975) — Keith Carradine (winner)

2. “9 to 5” from “9 to 5” (1980) — Dolly Parton

3. “Blaze of Glory” from “Young Guns II” (1990) — Jon Bon Jovi

4. “Again” from “Poetic Justice” (1993)  — Janet Jackson with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis

5. “Blame Canada” from “South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut” (1999) — Trey Parker with Marc Shaiman

6. “I’ve Seen It All” from “Dancer in the Dark” (2000) — Bjork with Sjon and Lars von Trier

7. “Lose Yourself” from “8 Mile” (2002) — Eminem with Jeff Bass and Luis Resto (winner)

8. “A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow” from “A Mighty Wind” (2003) — Michael McKean with Annette O’Toole

9. “Falling Slowly” from “Once” (2007) — Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova (winner)

10. “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from “Ted” (2012) — Seth McFarlane with Walter Murphy

11. “I’m Not Going to Miss You” from “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me” (2014) — Glen Campbell with Julian Raymond

12. “Glory” from “Selma” (2014) — Common with John Legend (winner)

13. “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” from “Trolls” (2016) — Justin Timberlake with Max Martin and Shellback

14. “Mighty River” from “Mudbound” (2017) — Mary J. Blige with Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson

Not a huge percentage of these performers/composers have won over the years — just five total. But, to quote the Oscar-nominated Mr. Timberlake, I can’t stop the feeling that Lady Gaga has it in the bag.

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