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Bradley Cooper was deeply hurt by the Academy’s choice to not nominate him for a Best Director Oscar for the very first film he’s ever directed, A Star Is Born. It didn’t matter that the film also got a Best Film nod, and he himself got a Best Actor nod. That wasn’t enough to offset his feeling of failure. Cooper spoke to Oprah about his reaction to the snub during her Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations from Times Square event yesterday.
“I was embarrassed,” Cooper said, via People. “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.”
Cooper had been nominated for the best director award at the Golden Globes and the Critics Choice Awards—all the major awards with a best director category besides the Oscars.
While he didn’t initially talk about it when Oscar nominations came out, his co-star Lady Gaga did in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “Well, you know, you never know what’s going to happen,” she started. “But at the end of the day, he knows that he’s the best director in my eyes, and in all of our eyes as his cast. I know that he’s so happy that we’ve all been nominated and that the film was recognized and we all feel really, really beyond elated for the recognition.”