Bradley Cooper Says He Doesn’t Want An Oscar, Academy Immediately Starts Plotting To Give Him One

2013 Vanity Fair Oscar PartyIf you have no desire to fall further in love with Bradley Cooper, then this is not the post for you. Do yourself a favor and quit reading it. Just quit it, because it will melt your Grinch-y heart and fill you full of warm roast beast. Basically, the long and the short of it is, Bradley says he doesn’t want to win an Oscar. Not in like a bitter, rude way because he’s mad he didn’t win Best Actor for Silver Linings Playbook this year, but in a really self-aware, centered kind of way. In his own words, in an interview with GQ Magazine:

“I watched my father die and I realized 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. So 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. Career-wise, right now, it’s better that I don’t win one. I don’t want to win. I don’t.”

I’m not sure that there’s another actor out there who could say they didn’t want an Oscar and make me believe that they’re genuine. But the way Bradley talks about losing his dad and the impact it’s had on his life gives me a little glimpse of him as a real person. It’s hard to go through an event like that no matter who you are, but when you’re in the public eye I’d imagine it’s especially trying. So good for Bradley for being a real person in the midst of all this and really doing his own thing. I’ll try not to be reminded of Jennifer Lawrence, who behaves kind of the same way but who you totally definitely absolutely without a doubt aren’t interested in dating….unless…still no? Okay. Sigh.

Well you may not want to win an Oscar, Bradley, but you accidentally just won my heart for like…the fourteenth time.

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    • Sam

      I heard Bradley Cooper talk about nursing his father on NPR (around 25 minutes in) and it made me think of him differently. I wish him all the best.

    • jenley2013

      I’ll just point one thing out: if he does win next year (for Serena, because it’ll be fucking awesome) it’ll be Jennifer who gives the award to him. MAKE IT HAPPEN WORLD!!!!

      • mse

        Is Bradley’s role a lead or a supporting though in that film? I haven’t read the book and I have absolutely below zero intention to read the script that got out, but I’m curious if they could try to sell his performance as supporting. IF the movie gets any awards consideration at all of course, we’ll have to wait and see that. ;)

        In any way I’m already super excited for the prospect of seeing Jennifer next year at the Oscars presenting Best Actor, whether she or Bradley gets nominated again or not. I of course hope for the best though, and Bradley still has The Place Beyond Pines and the new DOR project that could be considered even if those are all definitely supporting roles. :)))

      • jenley2013

        I doubt PBTP will get nominated because it comes out in March and the best shot to be considered for Oscars is if they movie comes out in November+

        Bradley’s playing the lead male in Serena, he plays George Pemberton, Serena’s (Jennifer) husband.