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Bradley Cooper Says Famous Director Mocked Him for Oscar Nominations


Bradley Cooper Claims Director Mocked Him for Having 7 Oscar Noms: ‘Go F— Yourself'

On a recent episode of the “SmartLess” podcast (via IndieWire), Bradley Cooper revealed that a well-known filmmaker once mocked him for having seven career Oscar nominations. At a party during Cooper's “A Star Is Born” Oscar campaign, an attacked him. The music increased Cooper's total of Oscar Nominee from four (three acting and the best picture nom as a producer on “American Sniper”) to seven (, original screenplay, and best picture for “A Star Is Born”).

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At a star-studded celebration, Cooper met with a renowned director who joked about his 7 Academy Award nominations. My colleague, a well-known actress with three past Oscar bids under her belt, was present at the party. The director informed Cooper: “What world are we living in where you have seven nominations, and she's only got three?”

“I'm like, ‘Bro, why are you such an asshole?'” Cooper told the “SmartLess” podcast hosts. “I would never fucking forget that. Go fuck yourself.”

After the Oscars were announced, it was discovered that Cooper had been overlooked for Best Director. Since then, he's received two more Oscar nominees, bringing his overall career to 9. He collaborated on “Joker” and “Nightmare Alley,” both of which made the best picture field. Unfortunately, the director's remarks were not the first time major Hollywood stars questioned Cooper's track record of earning Academy Award nominations. After winning his first acting nomination for “Silver Linings Playbook,” a “hero female actress” made a dismissive remark to him, according to the actor.

“She's like, ‘I saw your movie. You deserve the nom,'” Cooper said. “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 fuck is this town?' Can you imagine saying that to somebody? You've got to be fucked up to do that.”

With his next directorial project, the Netflix-backed Leonard Bernstein biopic “Maestro,” Cooper is expected to earn many more Oscar nominations. Cooper plays the title role, opposite Carey Mulligan as Bernstein's wife Felicia Montealegre, in “Maestro.”

“There's the movie; a movie about marriage, a movie about . That's it,” Cooper told the “SmartLess” podcast about his new movie. “Why is it nuclear? Because it's this fucking 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 anticipated to be commercially available until 2023.

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