Bradley Cooper Tells British ‘GQ’ Magazine That He Didn’t Want To Win An Oscar


Academy Award-nominated actor Bradley Cooper is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of British GQ magazine and in his coverstory interview, Coop reveals that he has no interest whatsoever in winning an Academy Award. I’m assuming the interview was conducted well before the Oscars were handed out last weekend so his proclamation that he does NOT want to win an Academy Award came before the night that he actually lost the Oscar he was nominated for to Daniel Day Lewis (who won the Best Actor award for his work in Lincoln). BUT, Bradley’s reason for not wanting to win the Oscar might surprise … and sadden you. Click below to see Bradley’s GQ coverphoto, read some excerpts from his coverstory interview and check out a photo from his accompanying photosread.

The Silver Linings Playbook star said the idea of death haunts him and gives him confidence in equal measure after he nursed his stockbroker dad, Charles J Cooper, through his battle with lung cancer before he died at age 71 two years ago. ‘Death became very real. And very tangible. Because my father – someone who had been in my life for 36 years is just fucking gone,’ Cooper recalls. ‘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.’ The 38-year-old says he lost his jitters as a result … As a result, missing out on an Oscar this month left Cooper completely unmoved. ‘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 guess it’s always a good idea to say that you don’t want to win an award you’re nominated for because if you lose, you can pretend to be happy … and if you win, you can say you were only kidding. It’s that whole “It’s an honor just to be nominated” mentality. Whether or not you can actually believe people who say these kinds of things, well, I guess it depends on the person. In Bradley’s case, yeah, I do believe it. It’s clear that his father’s death really had an impact on him so I don’t believe that he is feeding us a line. That said, if Bradley continues to take on great roles the one he portrayed in Silver Linings Playbook, I have no doubt that he’ll win an Oscar eventually … whether he wants to or not.

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  • Vicky

    It is just an honour to be nominated…those who try and pretend it’s not lose a bit of credibility (and class) in my eyes.

  • Krissy

    In this case, I do believe him. There is something about witnessing death first hand that can really change people, famous or not. I also think that an Oscar brings a lot of baggage and expectation with it…sometimes it is best not to peak too early.

  • Serenity

    Losing my mom and dad made me realize that there are second chances for pretty much everything else in life, and that as long as I’m alive, there’s still a chance for things to happen. I don’t think I’d go as far as he has and say that I don’t want to win one, but that’s just me.

  • tru

    Don’t worry Bradley because you’ll never have that problem

  • JCZ

    If he didn’t want to win, why go on a ‘campaign trail’ during awards season? Actors and their egos.