Bradley Cooper Talks Oscar Snub

Bradley Cooper Talks Oscar Snub

Oprah got the A Star Is Born mastermind to open up about feeling "embarrassed."

Oprah got the A Star Is Born mastermind to open up about feeling "embarrassed."

Text: Czar Van Gaal

This past year Bradley Cooper directed, produced, wrote, and starred in the critically acclaimed film A Star is Born. Breaking records both on the box-office and musical charts, the film is undeniably one of 2018's standouts. The critical brass at-large seems to agree; to date the film has been nominated for over 200 awards total. But that number, however staggering, is missing a few important categories—namely the Academy Awards for "Best Screenplay," and, perhaps most notably, "Best Director," which has historically been an overwhelming predictor of the night's top honor.

Despite a media tour leading up to the film in which Cooper was unapologetically cagey, he was surprisingly candid in a recent chat with Oprah Winfrey on Super Soul Conversations. When asked about his possible "Best Director" snub, Cooper insisted on taking it in stride. “I am never surprised about not getting anything,” he said. Even so, he didn't deny feeling a certain sting at the outcome. “I felt embarrassed I didn’t do my part” Cooper added. If it's any consolation, Cooper will join Joan Didion in a line of A Star Is Born screenwriters who've been passed up by the Academy.

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