Bradley Cooper Recounts Mockery From Peers: ‘I F***ing Hate This Business’

While speaking with Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Sean Hayes for an episode of their SmartLess podcast, Bradley Cooper discussed past incidents where peers mocked him for his Academy Awards nominations. One of those incidents occurred during an Oscars party hosted by the agency CAA. Cooper recounted standing next to an actress, who he called a “dear” friend, and a director, when the director asked: “What world are we living in where you have seven nominations, and she’s only got three?”

Bradley has earned nine Oscar nominations to date, but at the time, he had just received three nominations for his directorial debut, A Star is Born (the film received an Oscar for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures). Before A Star is Born, Cooper had received nominations for his work Silver Linings Playbook, American Sniper, and American Hustle. His most recent nominations were for Best Pictures for Joker and Nightmare Alley. Cooper served as a producer in both films.


“And I remember I was like, ‘I f—ing hate this business,”Cooper recalled. “I’m like, ‘Bro, why are you such an a–hole.’ I would never f—ing forget that. Go f— yourself.”

Cooper recounted a previous incident during a 2011 Oscars party when an actress approached him and told him she had watched Silver Linings Playbook and felt that he deserved the nomination. While that may seem like a compliment to some, Cooper went on to say:

“I was like, ‘What? I’m sorry, what?’ ‘The nom.’ Then like 10 or 20 minutes later – I’m not kidding – I passed her going to the bathroom and she mouths it, ‘The nom.’ Meaning like, ‘Don’t win.'”

In addition to his nine Academy Award nominations, Cooper is the recipient of a British Academy Film Award and two Grammy Awards. He was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his appearance in The Elephant Man.

Cooper is currently filming Maestro, a Leonard Bernstein biopic. Bernstein was a renowned composer and conductor who rose to fame in the 1950s and married a woman to hide his sexuality. Cooper stars alongside Carey Mulligan and Jeremy Strong. The film’s producers include Cooper, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Todd Phillips.

Cooper Discloses Past Substance Abuse Issues

Cooper recently made headlines when, during the same podcast, he opened up about host Arnett’s help during his battle with drugs. Cooper stated that during the early stages of his career, he struggled with addiction. At the time, Arnett and Cooper lived together, and Arnett was quick to call out Cooper’s antics while he was high. At one point in 2004, Arnett had a serious conversation with Cooper about getting help.

“That was the first time I ever realized I had a problem with drugs and alcohol. The guy that I think is doing mean humor is telling me the truth and it changed my entire life,” Cooper said.

Cooper credits ongoing therapy and becoming a father with his sobriety. During the podcast, Arnett told Cooper:

“It has been awesome seeing you in this place and seeing you comfortable, nothing has made me happier. It’s made me happy to see you so happy with who you are.”