Bradley Cooper on Oscars snub: "I was embarrassed"

Danny Woods
February 7, 2019

The "A Star is Born" actor and director opened up to Oprah Winfrey about missing out on an Oscar nomination for Best Director.

However, Cooper told Winfrey that while having coffee in NY, a friend texted him congratulations about the nominations (the movie bagged seven in total), but did not tell him "the bad news" that he was not part of the Oscars Best Director nominees.

He said: "I was sick, and I thought, 'Oh yeah, I really do care what people are going to feel'". "I felt embarrassed that I didn't do my part". That's the trick. The trick is to make something you believe in and you work hard.

The much-lauded film was the 44-year-old actor's directorial debut, but he has admitted he felt like he "hadn't done my job" when he wasn't recognised in the Best Director category for the 2019 Academy Awards.

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"I was not surprised, I'm never surprised about not getting nominated", Cooper said during "Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations From Times Square" on Tuesday, according to People. I went, 'Oh, gosh. His co-star, Lady Gaga, received a best actress nomination.

Despite the directing snub, Cooper nabbed three Oscar nominations for "A Star Is Born", including Best Actor, Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay alongside Eric Roth and Will Fetters. "But oddly enough, it was very therapeutic", he told NPR in September 2018.

Winfrey did her best to comfort the star, revealing that she would also be "feeling some kind of way about it" had she been in his position. "And I've observed it in others close to me, and addiction in general".

The 91st Academy Awards will take place on February 24 in Hollywood.

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