That fact had me doing a double-take, like, “Really? Seven whole Oscar nominations?“. But that’s the kind of negative-ass attitude that would have Bradley Cooper calling me out, should I be the type of person to be on Bradley Cooper’s radar. Because Bradley Cooper doesn’t have a single minute in a single day to tolerate anyone who would question how the star of such celluloid classics as Wet Hot American Summer and Wedding Crashers might be more than halfway to a dozen Oscar nominations. That’s not me being a hater, but some people out there are haters when it comes to Bradley’s past work and current Oscar nomination calculations, and he’s here to make it clear that they can stuff their opinions into the trash like an old crumpled kernel-filled bag of movie theater popcorn.
47-year-old Bradley is currently the recipient of three Best Actor nominations (Silver Linings Playbook, American Sniper, A Star is Born), one Best Supporting Actor (American Hustle), one Adapted Screenplay (A Star is Born), and four Best Picture nominees (American Sniper, A Star is Born, Joker, Nightmare Alley). Very simply, it’s because Bradley was a producer on those Best Picture nominees, so he gets a nomination. Some might consider that cheating. Or they might consider it to be the universe working in weird, upside-down ways. That’s allegedly what one filmmaker thought, and they told as much to Bradley Cooper’s face.
Bradley was a recent guest of the SmartLess podcast, and that’s where he sort of called out the anonymous filmmaker who recently hurt his poor feelings at a Hollywood party. Bradley says that he was at a party with a friend who is also an Oscar-nominated actress, and they were cornered into a conversation with said filmmaking hater. The topic of Oscar nominations came up. That’s when Bradley’s ego took an abrupt nosedive south. via Entertainment Weekly:
His friend, also a well-known performer, had previously been nominated for three Oscars. According to Cooper, the director quipped, “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 recounted. “I would never fucking forget that. Go fuck yourself.”
Later in the interview, Bradley tells the story of running into a “hero female actress” – which I guess is his way of saying “superhero movie actress” – who brought a negative-20 level of sincerity while congratulating him on his very first Oscar nomination in 2013 for Silver Linings Playbook.
“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.”
Bradley is clearly still very sour about those haters from his past, but he kept it classy enough not to name names. To which I must ask: how mad could he possibly be if he’s not willing to call people out by name? Maybe he didn’t want to burn a Marvel/DC bridge by naming that “hero actress,” because Bradley himself is technically a hero actor (he plays that sassy raccoon in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise). But who was the filmmaker who was astounded at Bradley’s seven nominations and his friend’s paltry three? A quick internet search shows there’s only a handful of living actresses who have received three nominations, no wins. Like Angela Lansbury. Was Bradley cruising a party with Angela Lansbury as his plus-one? If so, then I can see how that filmmaker said such a thing. In what unjust world does Mrs. Potts only have three Oscar nominations??