Heartwarming Reason Bradley Cooper Doesn't Want To Win An Oscar

A Star Is Born actor Bradley Cooper has revealed why he doesn't want an Oscar despite being nominated for Best Actor, Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay at this year's 91st Academy Awards.

Most people would presume that winning an Oscar would be every actor's dream and that giving a speech at the Academy Awards would define their career.

However, it isn't always the case as Bradley Cooper has previously revealed that he has no interest in winning the award.

Speaking to British GQ back in 2013, Bradley spoke about his disinterest in the prize, admitting that his feelings stemmed from his father's death in 2011.

Bradley has been nominated for three awards at the Oscar's. (Credit: Warner Bros.)
Bradley has been nominated for three awards at the Oscar's. (Credit: Warner Bros.)

Charles Cooper passed away after a battle with lung cancer, and Bradley says this is when he realised what is and isn't important.

Bradley said: "The beauty is that I just don't sweat sh*t any more. My father gave me two gifts - having me and dying with me.

"I used to be the kid that got the shakes if I had to talk in public; now, I just don't get nervous about stuff. I can't control everything.

Bradley said his fathers death made him care less about little things. (Credit: Warner Bros.)
Bradley said his fathers death made him care less about little things. (Credit: Warner Bros.)

"I watched my father die and I realised that is the way we are all going to die. For me, it was a switch from knowing something intellectually to knowing it by tangibly experiencing it.

"It rewired my neurological system. It almost did the opposite of motivating me. It was about keeping the main thing the main thing.

"I don't want to win an Oscar. It would change nothing. Nothing. The things in my life that aren't fulfilled would not be fulfilled."

Bradley's dad died in 2011. (Credit: Warner Bros.)
Bradley's dad died in 2011. (Credit: Warner Bros.)

Bradley also revealed how the death of his father gave him more confidence as he simply stopped caring about the small things.

He said: "Death became very real. And very tangible. Because my father - someone who had been in my life for 36 years is just f*cking gone.

"I watched him dying and I was there by his bed watching him, breathing with him, and then I saw his last breath and he was gone. I experienced the whole thing.

"And that was a watershed moment that I was privileged to experience. And it changed everything. Nothing has ever been the same since."

Bradley admitted his father's death made him more confident. (Credit: Warner Bros.)
Bradley admitted his father's death made him more confident. (Credit: Warner Bros.)

Meanwhile, Bradley's co-star Lady Gaga has also been nominated for two Oscar's in the 'Best Song' and 'Best Actress' categories.

The actress revealed to The New York Times that she 'burst into tears' when she found out she had been nominated.

She said: "I've been trying to get some sleep because I'm on showbiz time.

"I woke up around 8:30 and I didn't know anything about it."

Gaga then revealed that she called her manager who gave her the amazing news, "and I just burst into tears".

Bethany Gleave

Bethany Gleave is a Freelance Journalist at PRETTY52 and joined the team in 2018. She is a Multimedia Journalism graduate from the University of Salford, and started her career at a national press agency, writing breaking and trending news for the national newspapers.

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