Bradley Cooper has said he is “embarrassed” that he wasn’t nominated for Best Director at the 2019 Oscars.
The actor made his directorial debut last year on the remake of A Star Is Born. He also starred in the movie, playing Jackson Maine alongside Lady Gaga’s Ally.
During an appearance at Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations From Times Square earlier this week (February 5), Cooper discussed his reaction to finding out he hadn’t made the shortlist in that category. “I didn’t do my job,” he said.
“I was in New York City at a coffee shop and I looked down at my phone and [my publicist] Nicole had texted me and they said congratulations on these other things, but they didn’t tell me the bad news. I went, ‘Oh wow,’ and the first thing I felt was embarrassment, actually. I felt embarrassed that I didn’t do my part.”
Cooper has received nominations for his directing on the movie at other awards ceremonies this year, including the Golden Globes and the Directors Guild Of America Awards. He did not win either trophy, but told Oprah Winfrey: “You only feel like a loser when people treat you like it afterwards.”
The star is nominated for Best Actor at the Oscars, while A Star Is Born is also up for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture. The song ‘Shallow’, which featured on its soundtrack, could also take home Best Original Song.
It was recently confirmed that Cooper and Gaga will perform ‘Shallow’ at the prestigious awards ceremony, which is due to take place in Los Angeles on February 24. The pair recently surprised fans at a show on Gaga’s Las Vegas residency with an impromptu rendition of the track.