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Did Lady Gaga Say 'I Got You' to Liza Minnelli While Presenting at the Oscars?

Minnelli responded with “I know.”

Published March 29, 2022

HOLLYWOOD, CA - March 27, 2022.    Lady Gaga and Liza Minnelli    during the show  at the 94th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood on Sunday, March 27, 2022.  (Myung Chun / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) (Myung Chun/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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Lady Gaga said “I got you,” to a frail Liza Minnelli in a wheelchair, while they were presenting an award at the 2022 Oscars. Minnelli said, “I know,” in response.

Lady Gaga and Liza Minnelli shared a touching moment at the 2022 Oscars ceremony, where Gaga showed support to the older actress and singer, who was in a wheelchair.

Their dual presentation on stage was overshadowed by the slap that was heard around the world (more about which below), but it went viral nonetheless, with many praising Gaga’s respect for the 76-year-old Minnelli, an iconic singer and actor known for “Cabaret,” “New York, New York,” and many more films.

As the audience applauded for them, Gaga said to Minnelli, “You see that? The public, they love you.” Minnelli then expressed some confusion over the cue cards.

She was heard saying, “Oh yes, now what am I … I don’t understand.” Gaga helped her through the announcement, and as the cameras cut away briefly to get a shot of the crowd, the microphones caught a private exchange between the actresses, with Gaga saying “I got you,” and Minnelli responding with, “I know, thank you.”

The exchange can be heard in the following clip:

Gaga then let Minnelli announce the winner of the Best Picture, which was “CODA.”

Earlier in the evening, Will Smith made headlines by slapping comedian Chris Rock on stage, for making fun of his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, an event that became the biggest news story of the night.


“Did Chris Rock Apologize to Will Smith?” Snopes.Com, https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/chris-rock-will-smith/. Accessed 29 Mar. 2022.

Soteriou, Stephanie. “Lady Gaga Won Praise For ‘Safeguarding’ Liza Minnelli’s ‘Dignity’ As The Icon Made A Rare Public Appearance.” BuzzFeed News, https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/stephaniesoteriou/lady-gaga-liza-minnelli-oscars. Accessed 29 Mar. 2022.

Strause, Jackie. “Amid Oscars Chaos, Lady Gaga and Liza Minnelli Had a Sweet Moment.” The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Mar. 2022, https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/oscars-lady-gaga-liza-minnelli-1235120780/. Accessed 29 Mar. 2022.

Nur Nasreen Ibrahim is a reporter with experience working in television, international news coverage, fact checking, and creative writing.

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