Bradley Cooper’s buddies are pushing hard for him to win the Oscar

I usually try to forget that Bradley Cooper and Leonardo DiCaprio are friends, but yeah. They totally are members of the same posse, and it’s been that way for at least a few years. Leo might even be the reason why BCoop decided to lower his dating age bracket.

Bradley’s been running a sort of low key awards campaign for his role in American Sniper. He didn’t receive a Globe nod, which comes as a surprise for a guy likely looking to threepeat nominations. BCoop is currently busy on Broadway, so he has an excuse not to shake hands for months on end. Deadline has an exclusive story that’s a little surprising. Ben Affleck is reportedly on the case to drum up Academy support for Bradley. Leo is supposedly in on the plan too, as is Josh Brolin:

After all the sinister implications of the Sony hacking scandal, a nice story has emerged among the sharp elbows on the Oscar circuit that is enough to make one feel good about actors who simply love the craft.

Even though he was suffering from the flu, Ben Affleck took the time to speak at an event meant to celebrate American Sniper and Bradley Cooper’s performance as Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. During a screening of his film Inherent Vice, Josh Brolin could be heard talking about how important Cooper’s performance was. Now, both of them have movies in the Oscar hunt–Affleck having starred in Gone Girl. And yet they were standing up for the strong performance turned in by Cooper, who is at a distinct disadvantage because he is starring on Broadway in The Elephant Man, and got snubbed in both the Golden Globes and SAG nominations to the shock of many.

Word is that Leonardo DiCaprio might also do something. This is noteworthy because stars never do anything against their self interest to help the competition when awards are on the line. Why the change? As Affleck said the other night, and I’m paraphrasing, right now we need to say something strong and meaningful about what our industry is about and what our country is about, and Cooper’s performance does that. Cooper’s performance, he said, speaks well for who are are at our best.

[From Deadline]

We all know Leo’s been chasing Oscar gold for a long time. Even though he and Bradley are buds, I’m surprised that Leo would help Bradley try and get there first. Maybe Leo feels safe because he stayed absent from theaters this year, so he’s scratching Bradley’s back. As the director of a Best Picture winner, Affleck’s carries a lot of weight with the Academy (much more than Leo). Does anyone listen to Josh Brolin? I guess he’s part of the dude club.

Coop’s been doing some interviews lately, which I haven’t covered for lack of good pull quotes. He told Charlie Rose that he only spoke with the real American Sniper, Chris Kyle, once before his death. Kyle’s wife, Taya, told NPR that Bradley nailed the role to “eerie” ends. She said Bradley “kind of sniffs when he’s on the sniper rifle before he’s about to have to make a serious decision.” All of Chris’ friends have remarked on the spot-on gesture. Kyla has no idea how Bradley thought to do so after one conversation with her husband. It does sound eerie.

Here’s the latest American Sniper trailer, which looks better than the last one.

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  1. EM says:

    Cumberbatch is going to win the Oscar.

  2. Kali says:

    The field looks far too strong this year for Cooper to get his “about time” Oscar. I’m personally hoping Gyllenhaal just darkhorses it from total left field for “Nightcrawler” as I just really really want to see Harvey Weinstein burst a blood vessel on camera 😁

    • Abbott says:

      Me too! Gyllenhaal was fantastic in Nightcrawler.

    • Birdie says:

      Go Jake!

    • Lori says:

      I love this for the extra reason that it would p!ss off Reese Witherspoon. Imagine if she had to share the glory with her Ex. LOL. Standing on American soil!!!

    • Coco says:

      Jake is not going to win, the winner will be between Keaton and Redmayne, but I really really hope Gyllenhaal gets a nom. I will be very disappointed if he doesn’t because of Cooper.

    • Sunny says:

      Jake was so great in Nightcrawler, one of my favourite performances ever but this year’s category is so damn stacked and I don’t think he can pull off the win. He should have decent academy support given who his friends are and his family background.

      Eddie was tremendous in Theory of Everything(although the movie was just ok), I really liked Keaton as well in Birdman.

      I haven’t seen Imitation game yet but I look forward to BC work.

      What I am really looking forward to is David Oyelowo as MLK in Selma. He is emerging as a terrific talent and aside from Forrest Whittaker was the only decent thing in Lee Daniel’s overwrought mess of the Butler.

    • Val says:

      I think he has enough time left for an “about time” Oscar…

    • Kosmos says:

      I thought I would like Cooper years ago, but I’m liking him less and less. I also don’t think he’s such a good guy with women, which is a big turn off as well. I’m just not a fan anymore, so I vote for him NOT winning anything. I saw Nightcrawler–didn’t care for it, but I do like Jake G. Cumberbatch sounds like a good match for a serious award more than Cooper, or the two other guys over Cooper.

    • fritanga says:

      Cooper’s “about time” Oscar? For what? His “body of work?” He stinks in nearly everything he does – the only other film actor more false and self-conscious than Cooper is AnnE Hathaway.

  3. Abbott says:

    Aniston will get a nom for going make up free, Cooper for the theatrical sniff, and in other nomination news:

    Kellan Lutz in “Lutz Stay Together”
    Molly the Cat in “Gone Girl”
    Amal Alamuddin in “Love Story of the Century”
    Vin Diesel running in place under a waterfall
    This mop over here.

    • lindy79 says:

      Mop for Oscar glory!

    • serena says:

      lmao XD such a joke it has become.

    • Bedhead says:

      I’d vote for the Vin Diesel idea. Comedy is underrated at the Oscars!

    • kri says:

      @Abbott-I’m really sick of people denigrating Molly the Cat and her body of work. Just because she doesn’t have the advantage of being one of Taylor Swift’s cats doesn’t mean she is discounted, okay? I found it insulting that her self-bathing scene was cut from the movie because audiences “couldn’t handle it”. Her 23-hour nap sequence stole the movie. She IS the winner!

      • Abbott says:

        You’re totally right, kri. That last scene of Molly sitting on the kitchen counter… wow. I haven’t seen a performance that unnerving and creepy since Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet or Bradley Cooper’s Sexiest Man Alive cover.

      • fritanga says:

        We also shouldn’t discount Molly just because she’s never had kittens, or because that tomcat left her for that vixen bitchcat. Poor Molly! All she’s ever had is her career. She NEEDS an award.

    • lucy2 says:

      That mop is such a try-hard.

    • Bridget says:

      Don’t discount that mop’s chances if Leonardo DiCaprio decides to get in there and do something.

    • fritanga says:

      Hey – the mop really campaigned hard for that nomination. Respect.

  4. Rachel says:

    I saw American Sniper over the weekend and he totally deserves a nomination. Cooper was amazing. It may happen too with the movie doing so well in limited release. I read it had the best limited Christmas opening ever.

  5. Sixer says:

    Is that the eye bleach tight shorts film? If so, could he win an Oscar NEXT YEAR, please?!

  6. Birdie says:

    I thought his performance in Silver Linings Playbook was much more deserving of an Oscar than Jennifer’s. He was brilliant in it.

    • Farah says:

      He had tougher competion than Jennifer. It was a relative weak year for actresses when Jennifer won. Bradly, however, had Daniel Day Lewis. There was no way he would win. His nom was the best case of “It’s an honor just to be nominated”, because he lost his douche comedy roots.

      • alreadyready says:

        DDL should win every single year. I mean, even when he doesn’t work.

      • Anne tommy says:

        I’m going to voice an unpopular view and say Day Lewis is is overrated. He’s fine in lots of things but I found for example his performance In “There will be Blood” to be over wrought, too much gurning and scenery chewing. Sometimes Less is more.

      • Penelope says:

        LOL alreadyready! I totally agree that DDL should win every year whether he has a movie out or not. And they should rename the Oscar the DDL.

      • JWQ says:

        Anne Tommy, I agree completely! I think his movies are generally boring, he is cold and doesn’ t relate to other actors AT ALL, and I have a deep hatred for method acting.
        As for Cooper… no… just no! He is a terrible actor, and him getting nominated is just another proof that Oscars are a joke!

  7. Kori says:

    It is to see some unselfishness and friendship. I imagine Affleck and Cooper are friends through Jen Garner? She and BC have been tight since Alias.

    • CoolWhipLite says:

      Great point, Kori. It IS nice to see some friendship and people rooting for each other. I used to love Alias—- Jennifer Garner dated co-star Michael Vartan back then, IIRC. Last I heard about him, he was getting arrested for something. I wonder if Bradley will still be with his very-young gf at awards time, and I wonder if he’ll bring her or bring his mom. :/

      Sidebar: I love Bradley Cooper, his eyes, and the fact that he is a Philly native (like I am).

  8. Esmom says:

    “Does anyone listen to Josh Brolin?” Lol.

    This story sounds and reads so contrived. I believe that Affleck complimented Cooper but I doubt a dude-driven campaign is in the works.

  9. serena says:

    Frankly, I don’t find Bradley Cooper all that talented. They just put him out there, trying to make him a big worldwide star since a long time ago.. but I don’t really think it’s working.
    I like him better when he does comedy, but anyway I won’t ever give him a Oscar for that.. or any of his work.
    Also, he’s a douchebag. Leo too.

    • mom2two says:

      I am another one that just does not see the big deal about Bradley Cooper. This year he will sit this one out, I think. No matter how hard his famous friends work for him. No one can top Michael Keaton in Birdman. That’s the best performance I’ve seen from an actor in a film in a long time.

      • Lahdidahbaby says:

        I second that vote for Keaton. Despite the crowded field of terrific best actor candidates this year, Keaton deserves the Oscar, hands down. His performance, like the film itself, was pure art, moving and masterful and beautifully imagined.

      • Peppa says:

        He was so great in that movie. Keaton is a really cool guy, and I would love to see him win. I don’t think Bradley will get a nomination. I would love to see Jake get one, too. I’d actually like to see Bradley shut out Cumberbatch. The Imitation Game was a travesty. Sorry, but certain topics were handled poorly and so much of it was fictionalized, it was ridiculous. No one ever tried to accuse him of being a Soviet spy. The whole story got the A Beautiful Mind treatment.

    • insomniac says:

      I don’t either, and I don’t see how he’s “overdue” for an Oscar. I think the line ahead of him for that one is pretty long.

      • Lucy2 says:

        Me either. He got back to back nominations and was good in both movies, but he’s not on my list of people who are overdue. Plus he’s only in his 40s and is a man, so Hollywood will give him decades more of opportunities.

  10. Tinuvielle says:

    I saw The Imitation Game yesterday. And…. Cumberbatch gave a very Oscar worthy performance.

    Havent seen Theory of Everything or American Snipper yet, but someone, hope the Academy will give the Oscar to Benny, if only for Alan Turing’s sake.

  11. Talie says:

    He’s hoping for a nomination, at this point. Michael Keaton and Eddie Redmayne are way too far out ahead.

  12. Jayna says:

    Bradley produced American Sniper. He was passionate about the project and said he was so panicked before he began the role that he knew if he couldn’t become Chris he would tell Clint and shut the movie down. The Navy Seal who wrote the book based on his experiences as a sniper and the family strain was killed tragically before the movie began,, but Bradley worked closely with his widow. He became close to the family and said if they want it he would like to keep in touch with the family, the children now that the movie is done. Chris’ widow said that’s just the type of guy he is, humble and how good he had been to the children. I think Bradley is really a stand-up guy who I have really come to be impressed by his choices for his career.

    • Chinoiserie says:

      Keaton is winning, Redmayne, Oyelowo, Cumberbatch and Gyllenhaal and maybe even Carell are ahead of Cooper so he needs a push just to get nominated.

    • MayB says:

      I loved how he totally nailed Kyle’s Texas accent in AS. Go, BCoop!

  13. Mia4S says:

    Again shows what a joke the Oscars are. If a performance were truly “important” you shouldn’t have to campaign to win, it’s not freaking prom king. Academy members would watch their screeners and vote on the best. This grand standing and baby kissing is just cring-worthy. Yet they still act like we’re supposed to take it seriously!

  14. kim says:

    Oh geeze. Bradley wants an Oscar too? Is it because there’s no good movies out there anymore or George Clooney did this to us?
    Who’s next? Ryan Reynolds?

  15. Bridget says:

    Why did they wait so long to roll out the movie? By the time the December releases opened the field was pretty much set for Best Actor.

  16. Amanda says:

    I hope Redmayne or Cumberbatch wins best actor, but really as long as Bradley Cooper doesn’t get it I won’t be too disappointed. I just don’t see Cooper as a serious actor. He should of stuck with comedy.

  17. Val says:

    Is that Bradley’s mom chuckin up deuces?! LOL

  18. Isabelle says:

    Think Chris Kyle is too of a controversial figure for Bradley Cooper to win the Oscar. Among the hero worship, he had his controversy. One of the many things Kyle claimed, he killed 30+ looters during hurricane Katrina & there are a lot more stories he told that were unproven. Haven’t seen the movie, so don’t know for sure if some of the controversy is covered?

  19. Toru says:

    What is this? Give out free Oscars year?

  20. Marianne says:

    I dont mind if he gets a nomination….as long as it doesn’t mean Jake Gyllenhaal getting bumped out.

  21. OTHER RENEE says:

    I really don’t have any desire to see this movie. I’ve seen the films starring Cumby, Eddie and Michael and I wouldn’t want to have to choose between them, let alone adding someone else to the mix. It will be interesting.

  22. Kylie says:

    I don’t think Cooper is that good of an actor. I also feel like the guy he is portraying was responsible for his own death. Chris Kyle took a man with PTSD to a gun range, and that man shot and killed Kyle and another man. I haven’t seen the movie and don’t plan to but I have a feeling that this part will get glossed over.