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Bradley Cooper Recalls Being Mocked By "A Famous Director" And A "Hero Female Actress" For Oscar Nominations

Some of Bradley Cooper's peers felt that he didn't deserve the Oscar nominations. Welcome to Hollywood! 

Bradley Cooper Recalls Being Mocked By "A Famous Director" And A "Hero Female Actress" For Oscar Nominations

Bradley Cooper was once mocked by a famous director and "a hero female actress" for scoring Oscar nominations. 

Speaking to Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Sean Hayes on their Smartless podcast, Cooper said he was ridiculed at a party thrown by talent agency CAA around the time he was doing press for his 2018 directorial debut A Star is Born.

At the party, Cooper met with a famous director who made a joke out of Cooper’s seven Oscar nominations. Cooper was joined at the party by a friend, a famous actress, who had three Oscar nominations under her belt. The director told Cooper, “What world are we living in where you have seven nominations and she’s only got three?”

At that time, Cooper has scored a total of seven Oscar nominations — four for acting (Silver Lining Playbook, American Hustle, American Sniper, A Star is Born), one for adapted screenplay (A Star is Born), and two for producing (American Sniper, A Star is Born). (Since the incident, Cooper chalked up two more nominations, for producing Best Picture contenders Nightmare Alley and Joker.)

“I’m like, ‘Bro, why are you such an asshole?’” recalled Cooper to the SmartLess podcast hosts. “I would never f***ing forget that. Go f*** yourself.” 

But that wasn't the first time Cooper, who shares five-year-old daughter Lea de Seine with his model ex Irina Shayk, was mocked for being undeserving of his Oscar nominations.

The actor said a “hero female actress” once approached him and turned up her nose up at his first acting nomination for 2013's Silver Linings Playbook. He was up against Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables), Joaquin Phoenix (The Master), Denzel Washington (Flight), and eventual winner Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)

Cooper said: “She’s like, ‘I saw your movie. You deserve the nom.’


“I was like, ‘What? I’m sorry, what?’ ‘The nom.’ Then, like 10 or 20 minutes later I’m not kidding I passed her going to the bathroom and she mouths it, ‘The nom.’ I remember [thinking], ‘What the f*** is this town?’ Can you imagine saying that to somebody? You’ve got to be f***** up to do that.”

Cooper didn't let that unnamed actress' comment rained on his parade,. He said the Oscar nod made him feel like he was "levitating", after years of feeling "worthless" and insecure" early on in his career. 

In the pocast, Cooper also brought up Maestro, the highly-anticipated Leonard Bernstein biopic he's currently making. 

“There’s the movie; a movie about marriage, a movie about family. That’s it,” Cooper hyped. “Why is it nuclear? Because it’s this f***ing music. Music is nuclear.”

He continued, “I had a secret weapon in A Star is Born. It was Lady Gaga. The secret weapon I have in this movie is f***ing Leonard Bernstein and Gustav Mahler. The music!”

Listen to Cooper's interview on Smartless here: 

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