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Bradley Cooper has admitted he feels genuinely embarrassed over his Oscar snub

“They didn’t even give me the bad news.”

IT’S NOT AT all often that you hear a performer admit they were embarrassed after missing out on an award nomination.

71st Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards Source: F. Sadou

In fact, it’s more likely you’ll hear them insist they slept through the nomination roll call than reveal genuine disappointment over a snub.

This year, Richard E Grant and Bradley Cooper bucked the trend when it came to traditional award season etiquette.

The former refused to downplay any excitement over being nominated for an Academy Award for his role in Can You Ever Forgive Me, joyfully uploading videos which indicated just how momentous a milestone it truly was for him, in both professional and personal terms.

Similarly, Bradley Cooper this week revealed that failing to secure a nomination for Best Director for A Star Is Born at this year’s Academy Awards genuinely embarrassed him – a refreshing departure from the norm.

Speaking at Oprah Winfrey’s SuperSoul Conversations, Bradley recalled how he felt when he learned he hadn’t made that category’s nomination list, saying: “I was embarrassed because I felt I hadn’t done my job.”

He remembered that his publicist actually sidestepped the snub when filling him on the latest Oscar updates.

I was embarrassed. I was at a coffee shop in New York City and looked down at my phone and Nicole has told me congratulations and said what we had been nominated for. 

“They didn’t even give me the bad news,” he added.

National Board of Review Gala 2019 - New York Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

Given the hype that surrounded A Star Is Born, it’s no surprise that the snub raised a few eyebrows, and it wasn’t long before Bradley’s co-star Lady Gaga, was asked her opinion of it.

“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,” she told The LA Times.

I know that he’s so happy that we’ve all been nominated and that the film was recognised and we all feel really, really beyond elated for the recognition.

To be fair, the film racked up multiple Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Song, Best Cinematography and Best Sound Mixing.

So, you know, it’s not all bad.

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