Bradley Cooper Discusses Oscars Snub: “I Was Embarrassed”


If there ever was a professional in every way, it is Bradley Cooper. But in a recent conversation with Oprah Winfrey, even he admits that he was a tad bummed about not getting an Oscar nomination for best director for A Star is Born.

“I was embarrassed,” Cooper said on Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations from Times Square on Tuesday (Feb. 5). “I was at a coffee shop in New York City and looked down at my phone and Nicole [Caruso, his publicist] has told me congratulations and said what we had been nominated for. They didn’t even give me the bad news. I was embarrassed because I felt I hadn’t done my job.”

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Luckily, we have a feeling that the 44-year-old Cooper still has plenty of time to grab a best director nomination sometime in his bright future. A Star is Born was Cooper’s directorial debut. It was also the movie that brought Cooper together with the incredible Lady Gaga.

“She said, ‘Don’t try to sing it,’” Cooper said about Lady Gaga’s advice about singing in the film. “It was the best direction. It’s like acting, I’m actually talking.”

And yes, don’t feel too bad for Cooper. He is up for three Oscars for A Star is Born, including nominations for best actor, best picture and best adapted screenplay alongside Eric Roth and Will Fetters.