With eight Academy Award nominations, including four for acting, Bradley Cooper is no stranger to the awards show.
Bradley Cooper is no stranger to Oscar season. As a performer, Cooper earned three Academy Award nominations for best actor thanks to his work on "Silver Linings Playbook," "American Sniper," and "A Star Is Born," and a supporting actor nods for "American Hustle." As a producer, Cooper has three nominations for Best Picture with "American Sniper", "A Star Is Born" and "Joker". Cooper even received a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination for co-writing "A Star Is Born."
With so much experience during the Oscar season, Cooper learned one important thing about the awards show: It's "absolutely meaningless." Interview magazine recently brought Cooper together with Anthony Hamilton, actor of "Hamilton" and "In the Heights", for an open discussion about her career. Cooper directed Ramos' A Star Is Born, where Ramos played the best friend of Lady Gaga's character. As the discussion turned to the award season, Ramos and Cooper became honest about the dangers of the circuit.
"It's fun, you've got into awards season and it can be easy for us to deal with individuals," said Ramos. "But on set you have your call sheet and even though you have your leads, it's a team effort. The grips, the director of photography – this film won't come about without them. Everyone is the star of this film."
"For some reason we choose to weed people at a certain time of the year," Ramos continued. "And if you are ever asked to take part in any of these events, it can be very easy for you, that is, for me, to think," It's about me. I'm the only one of my cast here, so it's just me. “What we are forgetting, however, is that we are a representation of the story these 150 to 200 people told together. We are like a wandering flag. "
Cooper replied, “The award stuff is a real test. It is supposed to promote this mentality. It's quite a thing to work through, and it's completely free of artistic creation. It's not why you sacrifice everything to create art and yet you spend so much time being a part of it when, in quotation marks, you are lucky enough to be a part of it. It's a great thing, ultimately, because it really works. Let yourself face the ego, vanity, and insecurity. It's very interesting and absolutely meaningless. "
After Cooper didn't get an Oscar nomination for best director for "A Star Is Born," he said the awards show led him to believe the nudge meant he hadn't done his job in the film. This realization left Cooper “embarrassed” and proved to him that “even if I got the nomination, it shouldn't make sense to me whether or not I did my job. That's the trick to making something you believe in. "
Cooper said at the time that Oscar nominations "play into things unrelated to the creative arts," added, "It's a whole different element of business. So it really reconciles its impact on you. That's what I have to deal with . "
Looking to the future, Cooper will follow “A Star Is Born” with his second directorial feature about the life of the composer Leonard Bernstein. Cooper will also star in the project already supported by Netflix and producers Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese. Cooper's upcoming actors include Guillermo del Toro's "Nightmare Alley" and Paul Thomas Anderson's new untitled project, both of which could get him back into the awards show.