Clearly, Bradley Cooper is still feeling the sting of missing out on that Best Director Oscar nomination for “A Star Is Born”…you know, that movie where he filmed himself as a greasy, urine-soaked has-been singer who mumbles for 2+ hours––only to have Lady Gaga swoop in and spend all of 2019 collecting lots of trophies!!! Ya, well, Bradley is letting the world know what he thinks about moviemaking and the phony tap-dancing act that comes with promoting it (SPOILER: for someone who gets in on that act, he calls it “meaningless.”)
Bradley Cooper has been nominated for eight Oscars in the past eight years including four for acting (to me, he’ll always be Michael Ian Black’s tool shed hook-up partner from Wet Hot American Summer). B. Coop has never won and it would appear that he’s still a little sore from Wet Hot American Summer losing out when the envelope is read because he’s sharing his thoughts on shiny gold statues with Interview Magazine.
Bradley and Anthony Ramos, who was in A Star Is Born, got into a talk about their careers. And awards season was brought up:
“It’s funny, you hit awards season and it can be easy for us to make it about individual people,” Ramos said. “But on set, you have your call sheet, and even though you have your leads, it’s a team effort. The grips, the director of photography — that movie is not happening without them. Everyone is the star of that movie.”
“For whatever reason, we choose to single people out at a certain time of year,” Ramos continued.
To which Bradley, clearly feeling the smoke rising from the pit of his stomach, responded with:
“That awards season stuff is a real test. It’s set up to foster that mentality. It’s quite a thing to work through, and it’s completely devoid of artistic creation. It’s not why you sacrifice everything to create art, and yet you spend so much time being a part of it if you’re, in quotes, ‘lucky enough to be a part of it.’ It’s ultimately a great thing because it really does make you face ego, vanity, and insecurity. It’s very interesting and utterly meaningless.”
You may remember that this isn’t the first time that Bradley’s shared his thoughts on awards––particularly awards that he DIDN’T win. I’m not sure if we’re supposed to feel bad for him, or if this is just his Leonardo DiCaprio-ish way of appearing completely unbothered about consistently losing in the hopes that it actually results in him winning someday (he’s currently directing himself in a film about legendary bisexual composer Leonard Bernstein––a biopic which practically SCREAMS Oscar bait).
Bradley is not wrong but it looks like he’s still mad that he showmanced with Gaga all through awards season and ended up with shit at the Oscars! I mean, maybe the fact he hasn’t won is because voters still can’t get Aloha out their heads?