Oscars 2019: Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper perform 'Shallow'

Bradley Cooper calls awards season ‘meaningless’ following repeated Oscar snubs

Actor has never won an Academy Award despite being nominated for eight

Ellie Harrison
Saturday 05 September 2020 13:03
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Bradley Cooper has dismissed film industry awards such as the Oscars, calling them “meaningless”.

The actor, who has never won an Academy Award despite being nominated eight times, made the comments during a conversation with his A Star Is Born co-star Anthony Ramos in Interview Magazine.

When Ramos suggested that actors being “singled out” during awards can take away from the team effort that goes into a film, Cooper said: “That awards season stuff is a real test. It’s set up to foster that mentality. It’s quite a thing to work through, and it’s completely devoid of artistic creation.”

He added: “It’s ultimately a great thing because it really does make you face ego, vanity, and insecurity. It’s very interesting and utterly meaningless.”

Cooper has won many awards during his career, including a Bafta and three Grammy awards for A Star Is Born.

In 2019, Cooper said he was “embarrassed” not to receive a Best Director nomination for A Star Is Born at the Oscars.

His co-star, Lady Gaga, won an Oscar for Best Original Song, for the track “Shallow”.

“The truth is you feel like a loser when people treat you like it afterwards,” he said of awards shows. “That’s the only downside. The award show ends and first of all, they avoid you a little bit and then they do say, ‘It was a good movie.’ Thanks, thanks.”

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