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Bradley Cooper says he will 'never forget' the time a 'hero' of his mocked his first Oscar nomination

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Bradley Cooper attends the 2022 Met Gala.
Bradley Cooper at the 2022 Met Gala.Jamie McCarthy / Staff / Getty Images
  • Bradley Cooper recalled people in Hollywood mocking him for his Oscar nominations.

  • He told the "SmartLess" podcast that a director once told him he didn't deserve seven nominations.

  • He also said an actor who was a "hero" of his belittled his first Oscar nomination.

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

Though Cooper has not won an Academy Award, he's been nominated nine times, including three times for the 2018 musical remake of "A Star Is Born."

Last week, Will Arnett brought up Cooper's nine nominations during an episode of the podcast "SmartLess," which Arnett cohosts with Jason Bateman and Sean Hayes.

Cooper recalled that after receiving his first Oscar nomination, for his lead role in "Silver Linings Playbook," he attended a party where an actor he described as a "hero" of his mocked him.

"I never forget anything anybody mean has ever said," Cooper said.

Cooper, who recently starred in "Nightmare Alley," said that before the incident, he was "levitating" from attending a party with major film stars like Daniel Day-Lewis and Denzel Washington.

"This hero female actress that I didn't know at all comes up to me, she goes ... 'I saw your movie. You deserve the nom,'" Cooper said, emphasizing the word "nom."

Cooper continued, "Ten, 20 minutes later — I'm not kidding — I passed her, like, going to the bathroom, and she mouths it: 'The nom.'" He said he remembered thinking, "What the fuck is this town?"

Cooper said that at another party four years ago, a director, whom he didn't name, suggested he didn't deserve his Academy Award nominations. At the time, Cooper had seven nominations. He said he was standing next to an actor and friend of his who had three nominations.

"What world are we living in where you have seven nominations? What? She's only got three," Cooper recalled the director telling him.

"I remember I was like, 'I fucking hate this business.' I mean, I'll never forget it," Cooper said. "And I'm looking, and I'm like, 'Bro, why are you such an asshole? Go fuck yourself.'"

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

"I was so lost, and I was addicted to cocaine," Cooper said, later adding that Arnett "took that risk of having that hard conversation with me in, like, July of 2004 that put me on a path of deciding to change my life."

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