Bradley Cooper is on his way to the awards season.
Cooper is directing Leonard Bernstein biopic “Maestro,” as well as co-writing, producing, and starring in the upcoming feature alongside Carey Mulligan, Maya Hawke, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Silverman, Scott Ellis, and Matt Bomer, who recently received an Oscar nomination for his Oscar-winning directorial debut “A Star Is Born.”
Cooper, a nine-time Academy Award nominee, claimed on his “SmartLess” podcast with Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Sean Hayes that he is still not taken seriously in Hollywood.
The “Silver Linings Playbook” actress revealed an embarrassing interaction with two stars at an Oscar party hosted by CAA four years ago, when Cooper was up for three Oscars, including Best Picture, for “A Star Is Born.”
Cooper has been nominated for a number of awards, including Best Supporting Actor, Best Actor, and Best Picture for his work as a producer and director/writer on films such as A Star Is Born.
Next to his Best Actor nomination for Silver Linings Playbook in 2013, Cooper received Best Supporting Actor nominations for American Hustle the following year, and Best Picture and Best Actor nominations for American Sniper the following year.
Cooper, who had seven Oscar nominations at the time, described his achievements as “wild, it’s nuts.”
Cooper stated he chatted with a prominent actress and director at the party; the actress, who Cooper described as a friend, had three Academy Award nominations in her career, and the director responded, “‘What universe are we living in when you have seven nominations and she only has three?”
“I’m like, ‘Bro, why are you such an asshole,’ Cooper thought. That was something I’d never forget. ‘Go fuck yourself,’ says the narrator.
And that wasn’t the first time the “Hangover” star was mocked by the Hollywood elite. Cooper claimed that in 2011, after receiving his first Academy Award nomination for “Silver Linings Playbook,” and competing against Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Denzel Washington in the Best Actor category, a “hero female actress” he didn’t know approached him to give her condescending seal of approval.
‘I saw your movie,’ she says. ‘You are deserving of the award,'” says the narrator. Cooper stated his opinion. “I was like, ‘What?'” says the narrator. ‘Excuse me, what?’ ‘The name,’ says the narrator.
Then, about 10 or 20 minutes later — I’m not joking — I passed her on her way to the bathroom and she mouthed, ‘The nom.’ ‘What the fuck is this town?’ I recall wondering. Imagine telling that to someone. To do that, you have to be insane.”
Cooper also claimed to having “zero self-esteem” when he first started out in the business, feeling “worthless” as an actor and “insecure” about his comedy acting talent in films like “Wedding Crashers” and others.
Bradley Cooper’s first Oscar nomination made him feel like he was “levitating,” and now, a decade later, his career is reaching a pinnacle. Cooper is “extremely appreciative” for the four and a half years it took to create “Maestro.”
“There’s the film; it’s about marriage and family. “That’s it,” Cooper concluded. “What makes you think it’s nuclear?” It’s because of this dreadful music. “Music is atomic.”
“I had a secret weapon in ‘A Star Is Born,'” he continued. It was Lady Gaga, of course. Fucking Leonard Bernstein and Gustav Mahler are my secret weapons in this film. “Listen to the music!”