Exclusive: What an Oscar win means for Bradley Cooper

Alicia Vrajlal
Entertainment Editor

Winning an Academy Award is every actor’s dream, but scoring an Oscar this year would be the ultimate reward for Bradley Cooper, who made his directorial debut with A Star Is Born. 

While the 44-year-old actually missed out on being nominated in the director category, he’s in the running for Best Actor, while the film also gets a nod in the Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture categories.

“It would be amazing,” Bradley tells Yahoo Lifestyle of how he’d feel to win an Oscar for the movie that co-stars Lady Gaga. “It would be wonderful. It’d be crazy.”

Bradley Cooper is nominated for an Oscar for A Star Is Born. Photo: Getty

Besides directing, Bradley plays the male lead Jackson Maine, a guitarist troubled by alcohol and drug addiction who falls in love with Gaga’s character, Ally.

There’s two promises he made to himself when making this movie, based on authenticity and doing the storylines justice to those resonate with it on a deeply personal level.

“The whole thing is a huge challenge and two of the prerequisites for myself was that for anybody who is a musician who watches the movie, I hope will feel we got it right,” he explains.

Bradley directs and stars in the film alongside Lady Gaga. Photo: Warner Bros

“And also anybody that has been or knows someone who has gone through addiction will also say, ‘Yes, that’s not a watered down version or a version that’s not really accurate, but that’s exactly the way it is’.

“That’s my hope and that was a major priority for me as a filmmaker, dealing with those two ideas.”

The film has landed seven Oscar nominations in total with Bradley’s co-star Lady Gaga in the running for the Best Actress award.

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