Bradley Cooper revealed in a recent episode of the SmartLess podcast that a famous director once mocked him for having seven Oscar nominations.
The incident took place at a party during Cooper’s A star is born price season. The music drama increased Cooper’s Oscar nominations from four (three acting nominations and a Best Picture nomination as a producer on American sniper) to seven (Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture for A star is born†
At an awards party, Cooper met a famous director who made a joke of Cooper’s seven Oscar nominations. Cooper was joined at the party by a friend, a famous actress, who had three Oscar nominations to her name.
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The director said to Cooper, “What world do we live in where you have seven nominations and they only have three?”
“I’m like, ‘Bro, why are you such a one-hole?’” Cooper told the SmartLess podcast hosts. ‘I would never forget that. Go fuck yourself.’ Listen to more of the podcast above.
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Cooper has since added two more Oscar nominations, bringing his career total to nine. Cooper co-produced joker and nightmare alleyboth of which broke through in the race for best photos.
Unfortunately, the director’s comment wasn’t the first time top Hollywood talent put Cooper’s history of bringing in Oscar nominations to the test.
The actor said a “hero female actress” once made a condescending remark to him after he received his first acting nomination for Silver Linings Playbook†
“She said, ‘I’ve seen your movie. You deserve the nom,’” Cooper said. “I was like, ‘What? I’m sorry, what?’ ‘The name.’ Then, about 10 or 20 minutes later – I’m not kidding – I passed her as she was going to the bathroom and she said, ‘The nom.’”
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“I remember [thinking]what the hell is this for this city?’ Can you imagine saying that to someone? To do that, you have to be lost.”
Cooper is widely expected to rake in even more Oscar nominations with his next directorial effort, the Netflix-backed Leonard Bernstein drama Maestro† Cooper stars opposite Carey Mulligan as Bernstein’s wife Felicia Montealegre.
“There’s the movie; a movie about marriage, a movie about family. That’s it,” Cooper told the… SmartLess podcast of his new movie. “Why is it nuclear? Because it’s this damn music. Music is nuclear. I had a secret weapon in A star is born† It was Lady Gaga. The secret weapon I have in this movie is fucking Leonard Bernstein and Gustav Mahler. The music!”
Maestro is not expected to be released until 2023.
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