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July 16, 2019

Bradley Cooper felt ’embarrassed’ after not being nominated for Best Director at the Oscars for ‘A Star Is Born’

February 6, 2019
Bradley Cooper in “A Star Is Born.” (Peter Lindbergh / Warner Bros. Pictures)

Moments after he learned his movie “A Star Is Born” is nominated for multiple coveted Oscars, Bradley Cooper admits one emotion stood out first.



That’s because the actor and filmmaker realized he wasn’t nominated for Best Director for the movie in what many consider to be one of this year’s biggest Oscar snubs.

“I was with my friend. I was in New York City at a coffee shop and I looked down at my phone and Nicole (my publicist) had texted me and they said congratulations on these other things, but they didn’t tell me the bad news,” Cooper recalled during a sit-down with Oprah Winfrey.

“I went, ‘Oh wow,’ and the first thing I felt was embarrassment, actually felt embarrassed that I didn’t do my part.”

The film, which Cooper stars in with Lady Gaga, was his directorial debut. The musical romantic-drama is up for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards, while Cooper is nominated for Best Actor and Gaga is a finalist for Best Actress.

The movie is also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, while Sam Elliott got a nod for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars, which take place on Feb. 24.

Cooper was nominated for his directorial work on “A Star Is Born” at multiple other award show but came up short at major ceremonies including the Golden Globes and the Directors Guild Awards.

“The truth is you feel like a loser when people treat you like it afterwards,” Cooper told Winfrey during the “Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations From Times Square” event. “That’s the only downside. The award show ends and first of all, they avoid you a little bit and then they do say, ‘It was a good movie.’ Thanks, thanks.”

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