Bradley Cooper Remembers ‘Hero’ Actress Mocking His Oscar Nomination

  • Bradley Cooper recalled being mocked by people in Hollywood for his numerous Oscar nominations.
  • He told the “SmartLess” podcast that a director told him he didn’t deserve seven nominations.
  • He also said a “hero actor” belittled his first Oscar nomination.

Bradley Cooper remembered the time a superstar actor mocked his first Oscar nomination.

Although Cooper has not won an Academy Award, the actor has been nominated nine times, including three times for the 2018 musical remake “A Star Is Born.”

Last week, Will Arnett brought up Cooper’s nine nominations on the latest episode of his podcast “SmartLess” — who Arnett co-hosts along with Jason Bateman and Sean Hayes.

During the conversation, Cooper recalled a party at which he was mocked by an actor he described as a “hero” of his, after receiving his first Oscar nomination for his lead role in “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Before the incident, the “Nightmare Alley” actor was “floating” from attending a party with big movie stars like Daniel Day-Lewis and Denzel Washington.

“This heroic female actress I didn’t know at all comes up to me, she says, ‘I’ve seen your movie, you deserve the name‘,” said Cooper, emphasizing the word “nom.”

Cooper continued: “10, 20 minutes later I passed her as she went to the bathroom and she said, ‘The nom.’ I remember [thinking]’What the fuck is this town?'”

Cooper also spoke of another incident at another party four years ago when an unnamed director said he didn’t deserve his Academy Award nominations. Cooper had seven nominations at the time and stood next to an actor and friend of his who had only three Oscar nominations.

“What world do we live in where you have seven nominations? What? She only has three,” Cooper recalls the director who told him.

“I never forget something someone said mean,” he continued. “I remember thinking, ‘I hate this company.’ I’ll never forget, and I look and I think, “Why are you such an asshole? Go fuck yourself.”

Later in the podcast, Cooper talked about how his insecurity led to his drug and alcohol addiction.

“I was so lost and I was addicted to cocaine,” Cooper explained. “Shall [Arnett] took the risk of having that hard conversation with me in July 2004 and that put me on the path to deciding to change my life.”

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