Bradley Cooper may not have won the Golden Globe for helming “A Star Is Born,” but the actor-turned-director is being celebrated across the industry for his masterful debut behind the camera.
Just this week, Cooper was nominated by the Directors Guild of America and on Tuesday evening, he was honored by the National Board of Review with the best director award.
“It’s overwhelming,” Cooper told Variety of the recognition. “You take a risk. Even more scary, you ask a bunch of people to come risk with you, so that pressure is kind of overwhelming. To be able to make something and it’s being received the way it is, is really wonderful.”
Speaking to Variety at the National Board of Review annual awards gala in New York on Tuesday night, Cooper said he was happy to see his industry friends win awards in his categories at this year’s Golden Globes. (“A Star Is Born” lost out to “Bohemian Rhapsody” for best drama motion picture, and Cooper was nominated for best actor and best director, which went to “Bohemian Rhapsody’s” Rami Malek and “Roma’s” Alfonso Cuaron, respectively.)
“I was so proud of Graham King,” he said of the “Bohemian Rhapsody” producer, who was up on stage at the Globes for the best picture win. “I’ve known him for years. I know how hard he’s worked to get that movie made, and to see him up there being able to talk about it with the gratitude that he had, it was beautiful.”
Cooper is still knee-deep in the awards season trail for “A Star Is Born,” leading up to the Oscars — but has he selected his next project that he’ll direct? Cooper says yes. When asked to give details on that project, Cooper laughed, “No.”
However, he did offer up a big detail: He will star in the next project he directs, like he did in “A Star Is Born.”
“I think I’ll be acting in it, yeah,” Cooper revealed. “I love the two together. I really do,” he said of acting and directing simultaneously.
“I’d say with this one, there’s a tremendous amount of pressure that I just put on myself because I just want to grow and get better,” Cooper said, admitting there will be an added challenge in following up “A Star Is Born.” He added, “Luckily, I feel something — a story I want to tell — so once that happens, I can’t avoid it. I have to go for it.”
As for the Globes, although many people thought a “A Star Is Born” was snubbed across the boards, the film did win for best original song for “Shallow.” Cooper says that the first thing he said to Lady Gaga after she accepted the award at the ceremony was, “Let’s eat!”
Later in the night, Steven Spielberg presented Bradley Cooper with his best director award on stage with a glowing introduction. Spielberg, who said he’s been a fan of Cooper’s since his days on “Alias,” and heralded him as one of the industry’s next great directors.
“Cooper refused to compromise,” Spielberg said of his perseverance in getting “A Star Is Born” made from getting the best script to the best actress for the lead role. “He wanted it all, and he wanted it all on his first time at bat…where that ball will land, nobody knows.”
Spielberg added, “He’s not just directing the heck out of it, but he’s delivering one of the finest performances of his entire career.” With a laugh, Spielberg cracked, “Bradley wears many hats…at least he’s not good looking.”
When Cooper came up on stage, clearly in awe of getting Spielberg’s rave stamp of approval, he said, “Thank you Steven, I can’t believe I get to call you Steven.”
Watch Bradley Cooper’s full interview above.
Cooper’s American Hustle co-star Jennifer Lawrence made headlines this month when she wrote about her anger at getting paid less than her male counterparts.
“Putting a microscope on it and having the impact that it’s had is a great thing,” Cooper said.
“Obviously transparency is necessary in order to help that equilibrium occur.”
The star was speaking to the BBC after the European premiere of his new film Burnt in London’s Leicester Square.
Cooper plays a head chef trying to regain his reputation in the capital after a downfall caused by drug addiction.
The film reunites him with his American Sniper co-star Sienna Miller, who plays a talented chef taken on by Cooper’s character.
Asked about the pay gap issue, Miller said: “It’s a conversation that’s happening on a global scale in every industry – and it’s time that there is transparency and equality. It’s insane that there isn’t.”
Cooper and Miller were given culinary advice on the film, which was mostly shot in London, from British celebrity chef Marcus Wareing.
Cooper – who worked in kitchens when he was growing up – said that Wareing taught him the importance of “being able to stay steady under pressure”.
Miller said: “I can fillet a turbot! The hardest thing was the intensity of the cooking – it’s hot and I got burnt.”
Burnt, directed by John Wells, opens in the UK on 6 November
Four-time Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper has a reputation for going full bore for the big screen. In the forthcoming cooking drama Burnt, Cooper plays first-class chef Adam Jones, an ultra-demanding culinary virtuoso trying to keep his past addictions behind him as he strives to earn the food world’s coveted three-star Michelin rating. (Watch the exclusive trailer above!) As Cooper described to Yahoo Movies during a recent phone interview, he brought as much intensity to the kitchen in Burnt as he did to the battlefields in American Sniper, and to the stage in last year’s Tony-nominated The Elephant Man.
What’s your relationship with food and cooking in real life?
When I was a kid I would screw up cooking with my grandmother. It was an Italian family, so cooking was a huge part of it. Being around food is very soothing to me. My grandfather had a garlic business. I grew up with that environment, and it reminds me of my childhood.
For Burnt, did you go as hard-core as you did for American Sniper in terms of training?
We shot this in-between American Sniper and The Elephant Man. I didn’t have as much time to prep, but I was able to spend a month living and breathing it. [But] the thing that really paid off was the fact that I’d been doing research since I was a kid, working in restaurants. I was a busboy at a Greek restaurant and a prep cook at an [Italian] restaurant called Mirabella’s in Somers Point, New Jersey. I’d be there from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., just cooking. And having shot a TV show [Fox’s Kitchen Confidential, which aired in 2005] where I prepped then, too. For that I got to cook at Le Halles [in New York], which is the restaurant Anthony Bourdain cooked at. … For Burnt, I had access to [celebrity chefs] Marco Pierre White, Marcus Wareing, Gordon Ramsay, and Clare Smyth. These are all Michelin-star chefs. It’s a whole other world.
How do your skills measure up with the pros?
I actually learned how much I can’t cook by doing this film. You sit through one session with Clare Smyth, and you realize this is a level of execution that’s world class. To get three Michelin stars is literally almost impossible. The level of perfection, discipline, and sacrifice is incredible.
Did you model your character after anybody?
I created a guy I see as a mixture of the three guys I studied: Marcus Wareing, Gordon Ramsey, and Marco Pierre White. He’s a combination. Little things he does, physical things, are basically things I stole from all three of those guys… It wasn’t conscious, but going back and watching the movie I see, “Oh yeah: That’s him… that’s him … [and] that’s him.”
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Bradley made an appearance on Good Morning America yesterday alongside his friend Anthony Daniels to raise awareness for bone marrow donations. We think the interview is definitely worth your time and be sure to head over to DeleteBloodCancer.org and BeTheMatch.org for more information. Also be sure to spread the word using the #AnthonysFight hashtag on social media.
Anthony Daniels is 23 years old, yet he’s battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma – a cancer of the lymphatic system — for the fourth time.
“Each time I beat cancer, it puts more of a toll on my body,” he said. “And every single time it comes back, it gets worse.”
A boxing enthusiast, Daniels knows he needs to keep fighting the disease. He has been looking for a bone marrow donor for a year and a half.
Daniels has a special supporter in his corner. Actor Bradley Cooper appeared alongside him on “Good Morning America” today to raise awareness about the man’s fight.
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Entertainment Tonight released the first featurette for Bradley’s upcoming movie “Aloha“. It features on set interviews with Bradley and his co-stars Rachel McAdams and Emma Stone. Be sure to watch it below:
Bradley Cooper and Rachel McAdams play love interests in Cameron Crowe’s Aloha, and just like in the movie, the two have a history.
“I knew that we would have great chemistry,” Cooper told ET. “At least I thought we would based on Wedding Crashers, a movie I’d done with her 10 years ago. I always thought, ‘Wow! It’s so easy to work with her.’ She’s so present and it only got stronger after 10 years.”
If nothing else, the movie gets an A for casting.
Cooper and McAdams lead a star-studded cast that includes Emma Stone, John Krasinski, Alec Baldwin, Danny McBride, Jay Baruchel and Bill Murray in this story of a military contractor (Cooper) who screws up a major deal and is forced to return to his old life in Hawaii to help with a U.S. Space mission.