Bradley Cooper admits he was ‘embarrassed’ by his best director Oscars snub

Bradley Cooper was just as upset by his Oscars Best Director snub as the rest of his fans. The 44-year-old director and lead of the nominated film A Star Is Born, opens up to Oprah Winfrey during Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations From Times Square about not being nominated for Best Director by the Academy.

"I was with my friend. I was in New York City at a coffee shop and I looked down at my phone and Nicole [my publicist] had texted me and they said congratulations on these other things, but they didn’t tell me the bad news,” he says of the nominations he received for Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture. "I went, ‘Oh wow,’ and the first thing I felt was embarrassment, actually felt embarrassed that I didn’t do my part.”

Winfrey replies, "I’m at least glad you said that. If I were you, I’d be feeling some kind of way about it.”

"Yeah embarrassment,” Cooper confirms. “Oh gosh, I didn’t do my job."

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BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 04: (L-R) Sandy McCarthy and Melissa McCarthy attend the 91st Oscars Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 04, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 04: (L-R) Spike Lee and Willem Dafoe attend the 91st Oscars Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 04, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 04: (L-R) Regina King and Mahershala Ali attend the 91st Oscars Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 04, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 04: Lady Gaga arrives at the 91st Oscars Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 04, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage,)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 04: Glenn Close attends the 91st Oscars Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 04, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
Actress Laura Dern arrives for the 91st Oscars Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton hotel on February 4, 2019 in Beverly Hills. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 04: (L-R) Amy Adams and Rami Malek attend the 91st Oscars Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 04, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 04: Spike Lee arrives at the 91st Oscars Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 04, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage,)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 04: Rachel Weisz attends the 91st Oscars Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 04, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 04: Sam Rockwell arrives at the 91st Oscars Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 04, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage,)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 04: Regina King attends the 91st Oscars Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 04, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 04: (L-R) Linda Cardellini and Henry Mortensen attend the 91st Oscars Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 04, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 04: (L-R) Sam Elliot and Bradley Cooper attend the 91st Oscars Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 04, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Lead Actress nominee for 'A Star is Born' and Original Song nominee for 'Shallow' from 'A Star is Born' singer/songwriter Lady Gaga arrives inside the 91st Oscars Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton hotel on February 4, 2019 in Beverly Hills. (Photo by Robyn BECK / AFP) (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 04: (L-R) Chris O'Dowd and Michael Fukushima attend the 91st Oscars Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 04, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 04: Bradley Cooper arrives at the 91st Oscars Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 04, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage,)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 04: (L-R) Diane Warren and Amy Pascal attend the 91st Oscars Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 04, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 04: Sam Elliot attends the 91st Oscars Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 04, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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Cooper received directing nods at this year’s Golden Globes and the Directors Guild of America Awards. Despite being proud of all his film has accomplished, Cooper admits to Winfrey that it doesn’t lessen the blow of losing.

"The truth is you feel like a loser when people treat you like it afterwards,” he says of the award shows. "That’s the only downside. The award show ends and first of all, they avoid you a little bit and then they do say, ‘It was a good movie.’ Thanks, thanks." 

While he may not have gotten a Best Director nod, Cooper will be taking the stage at the 2019 Oscars to perform the film’s hit song, “Shallow,” with his co-star, Lady Gaga. 

“I’m going to have to prepare a lot,” Cooper told ET earlier this month of the upcoming performance. 

Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations From Times Square TV special will air on Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. ET on OWN. 

 

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