Bradley Cooper’s ‘face dropped’ when he realized ‘ASIB’ was snubbed at the Globes

76th Annual Golden Globe Awards - 2019 Telecast

I remember hearing, years ago, that in years where a lot of awards categories are competitive, there’s actually a decline in viewership at the Oscars. Apparently, the average Joe or Jane is more likely to tune into the Oscars – or the Golden Globes – when the big categories are locked down, when there are a lot of sure things. I’m not sure if that is still true, but I do know that for a Golden Globes ceremony with some big surprises and controversies, Sunday’s Globes was one of the most boring I’ve ever seen. What’s weird is that, going into the show, A Star Is Born felt very locked-in, and it felt like people probably were tuning in to see ASIB win awards specifically. And it didn’t happen – Lady Gaga picked up the sole Globe for Best Song, and ASIB was snubbed in the lead categories and for Best Drama. Apparently, Bradley Cooper was totally shook:

“A Star Is Born” leads Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper were positioned in prime front seats in the room and poised to take home all the awards amid much hype, and they weren’t the only ones shocked when “Bohemian Rhapsody” snatched the big ones from under their noses. They ended up with just one award for best song for “Shallow.” One powerful Hollywood insider said, “Bradley’s face dropped faster than my Apple stock. Warner Bros. clearly thought they had it all sewn up.”

[From Page Six]

I’m not going to dunk on B-Coop for being disappointed – back in August and September, it really did look like Bradley and ASIB had a lot of sh-t locked down. But that’s what happens when a film peaks too early – there’s room for other people to wage quietly and brutally effective Oscar campaigns.

Speaking of, I saw some complaints about Bohemian Rhapsody taking home the big prizes, because of the film’s connection with Bryan Singer. Singer was fired early late in the production, and while his name still appears in the credits, that’s mostly a union thing. In fact, Rami Malek’s quietly effective Oscar campaign has made it pretty clear that Singer treated him horribly, and that treatment was one of the big reasons why Singer was thrown off the film. While there are still issues with rewarding a film in which Singer is still listed, Rami in particular has done a good job of completely distancing himself from Singer and his creepy controversies.

Anyway, all of this to say… despite the fact that *I* thought the Globes were especially boring this year, they did okay in the ratings.

Critics didn’t love it, and Movie Twitter was horrified by certain outcomes, but NBC’s Sunday night telecast of the 2019 Golden Globes was a ratings winner. Per Nielsen, about 18.6 million people watched the Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg–hosted event, making it the most-watched non-sports or news event on TV since the Oscars aired on ABC last March.

The Globes also bucked a recent trend that saw major awards shows suffering double-digit ratings declines: Sunday’s broadcast dipped a statistically insignificant 2 percent from last year’s show (19.1 million). But perhaps more importantly, in the demographic group targeted by NBC’s ad-sales team — adult viewers under 50 — the 2019 Globes actually went up, rising to a 5.2 rating (vs. last year’s 5.0 rating). By contrast, last year’s Oscars declined by a jaw-dropping 24 percent versus 2017, while the Grammys suffered a similar year-to-year collapse. It surely helped that this year, the Globes benefited from having as its lead-in what is looking like the most-watched NFL wild-card playoff game on NBC since 1994. (Last year, the network aired a standard red-carpet show before the awards.)

[From Vulture]

Yes, I kept switching over to NBC, hoping to see a red carpet show but all it was was football. Still, I have to say… my timeline is usually full of Tennis Twitter and Political Twitter, and all of those people were watching the Globes too. I think soooo many people were tuning in to see Gaga, for real.

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  1. RBC says:

    When all the dirt about Bryan Singer is finally made public instead of just rumours, it will hit some major Hollywood players. I would imagine there are some very worried people in that town and Singer looks like he would name people to save his own skin. He will not go away quietly

    • Molly says:

      He is friends with Kevin Spacey and actor Gabriel Byrne revealed that during filming of Usual Suspects production was shut down for a couple of days because Spacey was sexually harassing another actor. Spacey is down now but imagine other people running in their circles.

    • kim says:

      there’s a documentary on youtube about Singer and that one guy who fled the country (who was molesting boys who starred in his short lived internet tv shows in the early 00s *something* World). There are vids of ben savage being groped by a guy and the camera pans away really fast. It’s pretty bad that these boys aren’t taken serious, and it shouldn’t be like that. I hope these men that abuse, drug and threaten young boys never see the light of day again.

  2. Léna says:

    Bryan Singer was fired when there were only 2 weeks left of filming. You quoted this yourself in a article in 2017 🙂
    So, even if I liked Bohemia Rhapsody (and personally struggled a lot with the fact that I gave him money by going to the cinema), this movie is totally linked to Singer.

    • Louise177 says:

      I’m confused when Singer was fired. Some say after 2 or 3 weeks, others when there was only 2 or 3 weeks left. If there was only 2-3 weeks left then yes he should get credit regardless his personal/legal issues.

      • Kerfuffle says:

        Singer was fired because he would disappear. He definitely didn’t do all the directing in this movie. If you haven’t already read about his behavior, you should.

      • holly hobby says:

        I read before he was fired, he had his ad or camera man direct a lot of the scenes. He was MIA to the point that he was fired. His treatment of the star didn’t help either.

    • Nik says:

      Thank you. Whomever wrote this article is wrong. Singer was fired from production with only three weeks left. Since he filmed the majority he got to keep his director credit. And he was only fired because he was difficult to work with, not because the producers cared about his past.

      Also let’s be honest, Rami isn’t speaking on it because he doesn’t want to risk any backlash. If more people know about Singer, they might feel uneasy rewarding Rami.

    • Kaiser says:

      Singer was fired with several weeks left in production, but he had been absent for chunks of filming. It was a severely troubled production, and Rami Malek and Singer hated each other. It was a union thing that Singer got credit for the film – the studio tried to deny him credit, and the union had to get involved.

      • xdanix says:

        I honestly can’t have much sympathy for the fact that they didn’t want his name on the final product but ended up having to put it back on- because they were the ones who hired him to make the movie in the first place! And similarly with Malek- I believe that he ended up hating Singer, but he did still choose to work with him.

      • Eva says:

        Rami is no different from the actors who chose to work with Woody Allen. Everyone in Hollywood knows about Bryan Singer, however he agreed to work with him. if this was a woman, she would be being dragged about it.

      • M.A.F. says:

        I agree with Eva. Rami should be held accountable for working with Singer just like the women are for working with Allen. It doesn’t matter that they ended up hating each other, Rami still decided to sign on the dotted line & work with Singer.

    • BaronSamedi says:

      Sorry, but neither the movie nor Rami Malek are getting a pass on Singer from me either. The rumours about this man are even worse and more prominent than anything that was ever in the air about Weinstein, Cosby or anyone else who fell.

      So there is no claiming innocence or not knowing on this one. They all chose to work with him and are now trying to have their cake and eat it too while Singer is STILL getting work and also gets to share in the awards.

      • Pix says:

        I agree. I’d love to see a movie about Queen but I will never support a Bryan Singer movie. Nor will I support another Woody Allen film. If I heard the rumors about the director then the cast and crew definitely knew the rumors. If the movie wins Oscars – shame on the Academy.

  3. Tania says:

    He has a “punchable” face and her acting irritated me so I’m happy ASIB didn’t win. I would have been more impressed with his directing skills if he didn’t use a movie that has been done countless times before.

    Before we even talk about Cooper’s “great movie” and how he’s deserving, let’s talk about Spike Lee who continually drops original content and stories.

    • minx says:

      ASIB has been done and done and done and DONE. Enough.

    • Char says:

      It’s been done before and Gaga’s attempt to erase her gaganess to be seen as a serious actress is so annoying. I thought you were born this way, girl.

      • MyHiddles says:

        I can’t stand Gaga and probably won’t even see this movie. No one can outdo Barbara and Kris anyway, so what’s the point of wasting money to see it? Maybe if I’m really bored and its on Netflix or something.

      • Pandy says:

        I’m with you MyHiddles!!!! Can’t stand BCoop either.

      • jan90067 says:

        Agree 10000000% MyHiddles! Streisand and Kristofferson’s version is the best!

        I did see BC’s version, and all I took away, when I could understand his constant deep mumbling was the editing of the movie was the WORST, and that her face was too distracting to watch anything else; her upper lip could barely move, and neither did her forehead. How can you emote sadness if your face is frozen?

    • HK9 says:

      Yeah – Spike Lee who is amazing and has continued to be so. ASIB was a good movie, not a great one and Cooper needs to make peace with that.

    • ladytron2000 says:

      AMEN to this a million times over!

      Nothing new or original about ASIB in any way – unless you count Gaga’s entirely new face…?

      I LMAO’ed when it lost in every major category, because let’s face it, if the GG didn’t give the movie any love, then the Oscars sure as hell won’t.

    • North of Boston says:

      Yeah, I’ve got no time for Cooper.

      There was an interview with Gaga where she described her first day on set doing scenes with him, and he sounds like such a manipulative b***h/glassbowl. She was cooing like he was so good at getting her out of her comfort zone and present but what she described was him going off script and throwing her off and not giving her any feedback (just repeating his off script statement) (he was the director, ya know, in addition to the star) and frustrating her/putting her off her pins enough that she broke down in tears “do you feel you want to cry now?” She said it like it was a good thing, but all I could think is “this woman is in command of her art as a musician and acting is new to her, so he had to undermine her confidence on the very first day, instead of coaching her through it, he manipulated her through it” It’s one thing for a director to pull manipulative maneuvers with actors who know them and have built trust with them, but to do it the first day out, her first time on set – after he, himself, cast her in her first acting role, just seems like a d**k move.

      Also FWIW, I think that people tuning in to watch Gaga does NOT necessarily equate to people tuning in to watch Gaga win. I personally was OK that the presumed “front runner” didn’t win. It’s the GG’s – it’s always some combination of them casting a wide net with nominations because they want an interesting range of people in the audience (aka they tend to nominate people the HFPA members want to party with) and wanting to be a little edgy/avant guard. I think this year, they actually had a pretty well rounded slate of nominees and winners, and if Bradley Cooper’s “I’m an auteur now” vanity project / remake didn’t clean up, I’m OK with that.

      • Deedee says:

        Was this her first acting gig? Wasn’t she on American horror story hotel. Didn’t she receive a golden globe award for her performance 2 years ago

    • M.A.F. says:

      Agree. If we are talking about who is due, then Spike Lee is due for that Oscar. Cooper can take a sit especially since he didn’t work with original content. And even if he did, Cooper is not due an Oscar.

  4. SM says:

    Well I had zero interest in seeing Gaga or Bradley. I enjoyed though watching the shock on Gaga’s face when she lost. It seems almost impossible considering her face is totally frozen. Somehow Bradley and Gaga failed to convince me I need to go to a theatre and see this film. So I don’t get what this whole outrage about snubs is about. Maybe I should see it. I highly doubt it will convince me that Gaga is a better actress than Glen Close.
    I wanted to see Sandra Oh hosting.

    • Snappyfish says:

      I also had no interest. Mostly because I have seen this story, a few times. The original & then with Streisand. I like Gaga & Cooper but couldn’t care less of their take on a tired story. The awards should celebrate originality.

    • Chrome says:

      Gaga didn’t deserve to win the GG, plain and simple. And she doesn’t deserve to win an Oscar. But Olivia Colman and Glenn Close most assuredly do deserve to win an Oscar; I hope it’s a tie.

      A other have said, ASIB is a tired story; there was no need to tell it again. Given the looks on Cooper and Gaga’ sfaces when they lot, they were wrapped up in their own hype.

    • Suel says:

      I saw the 1976 version many times and went to this new version the weekend it was released. I like B Cooper in most movies and thought they had great chemistry, sang live. Just my 2 cents.

  5. Lucy says:

    My thoughts: I know not everyone loved Bohemian Rhapsody, but it would be great if Rami won for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Not because he’d beat Bradley (ok, maybe just a tiny bit little), but because of the way he built Freddie Mercury as a character. Here we have a real human being being interpreted by someone who matches their etnicity, legit transforms himself into that person, and who embodies all the signature qualities that made said person an icon.

    • Lexilla says:

      I respect everything you’re saying, but I’m tired of biopics. They’re part of the same unoriginal heap as sequels, prequels, remakes, spinoffs and adaptations. And actors are basically doing celebrity impersonations. Like Rich Little dressed up as high art.

    • im says:

      He does not match Freddie’s ethnicity at all unless you consider all brown people the same.

      • Lucy says:

        I do know brown people are not all the same, actually. I really did think they had the same one. Guess I was wrong. Sorry about that.

      • Whitecat says:

        Ehhhh since he is parsi, and Rami Malek is half egyptian they probably very likely share some ethnicity/ancestry. Since the Parsi community (which is Mercury’s family is), came from Iran, and back the Egyptian community is in general quite mixed due to its location – could be. I’m from a neighboring country and my ancestral is a whole lot of Persian/Kurdish/north African/middle eastern/etc.

      • Miss Jupitero says:

        Ethnically he is actually very close to Mercury. Not an exact match, but closer than Sacha Baron Cohen for sure.

      • Someone says:

        Parsi Indians are a mix of Iranian Zoroastrian and indian. Plenty of fine Parsi actors in India. They should hired one of them..specially since Freddie Mercury grew up in India and had a distinct indian childhood and accent.

    • Mia4s says:

      @Lucy if he wins, once Bryan Singer’s (alleged) sex crimes are exposed, Rami’s Oscar is forever associated with sexual abuse and exploitation of young boys. Why would you want that? Hell I’m side-eyeing Rami for why he wants it. A brief history of Singer:

      • Lucy says:

        …of course I don’t want that. I’m pretty sure Singer’s actions have been exposed for a while. And as far as we know, Rami isn’t part of the group of people who enabled Singer.

      • minx says:

        You can’t blame Rami for Singer’s actions. His awards will stand on their own because he did a great job and because people will always love Freddie Mercury.

      • Pandy says:

        Rami is not responsible for Bryan Singer.

      • jan90067 says:

        But here we are, pretzel twisting: if Rami is “not responsible” for working with Singer, than why do we carp on Blanchette, Emma Stone, etc. who work with Woody Allen? Or those that work with Polanski? Same sh!t, different day. If one is abhorrent then so should this situation be.

        To be very honest, I was conflicted in the sense that I am a HUGE Queen fan (they were the very first concert I ever went to as a kid!), and I *really* couldn’t wait to see it, once I heard about it. But once I knew Singer was attached, sigh… I just couldn’t, in all good conscience, give $$ to that evil pedo. If my BIL didn’t get a screener, I would never have seen it, even on cable, as I wouldn’t want to contribute to a “rating”.

    • pru says:

      Rami is a great actor. He already has critical acclaim for this role, and an Emmy. That won’t change.
      I would ask every actor to give up their self-congratulatory awards, if it meant taking power away from a sexual predator or pedophile.

    • Myrtle says:

      There’s no reason to assume Rami knew much, if anything, about BS before the allegations came out. Singer now stands accused and is going DOWN, it seems to the point where he will never work again… while for whatever reason, Woody Allen is not going down (yet) and people CAN still choose to work with him, so that is the difference. The other difference: Queen. And honoring the message of this film: inclusivity and authenticity, as embodied by Freddie Mercury. Rami was INCREDIBLE in the role. He and the film deserve the accolades.

      • Mia4s says:

        Bryan Singer is heading for a $10 million payday to direct Red Sonja and every dollar and award sent Bohemian Rhapsody helps that along. An Oscar for Rami Malek’s thirstier than thirsty self just isn’t that important.

        This industry needs a reality check on the awards obsession when they’ll even try to minimize and hide sex crimes to win them. And for what? A bump in your quote? Do a Star Wars or Marvel movie (they’re better at vetting). Prestige? Meh. For a minute. Then you, Adrien Brody, and Cuba Gooding Jr will do B action films made in Bulgaria and China in a few years. Time for Hollywood and fans to get over themselves.

      • xdanix says:

        @Myrtle I’m sorry, but I don’t and CAN’T believe that Rami Malek knew nothing of the allegations against Singer. There are so many of them there’s a section of his wikipedia page dedicated SOLELY to them!! I heard about how awful he was YEARS ago, long before Weinstein’s fall from grace, before I even discovered sites like this and Lainey etc. And I’m a million miles away from Hollywood, I’m not even in America! If I knew something of it, I cannot believe that anyone in Rami’s position would never have heard anything, especially as with the way Hollywood gossip files back and forth I’m sure they actually hear FAR more about each other than we ever hear. People know. They’ve known for a long time. They’ve just chosen to keep working with him anyway. Rami Malek among them.

  6. Smiles says:

    I haven’t seen the movie and while I can understand his disappointment, I just can’t with him. Something about him just rubs me the wrong way.

    • FHMom says:

      Me too. It seems like he has a lot going on beneath a calculating, controlled facade. I haven’t seen the movie, either, although everyone I know who’s seen it has loved it. I ‘ve seen the 2 previous versions and wasn’t interested.

  7. Feebee says:

    I remember hearing nominees being read out and several times thinking ‘tough category, it could go to anyone’ and those anyones more often than not were either all big/talented names or great movies that people have seen or want to. That recent story about Oscar ratings being linked to the movies nominated might be onto something!

    Have to agree with ASIB maybe peaking too early, which is a shame because friends who have seen it raved about it even more than I did about BR. Maybe the time in between had people putting things into perspective. And I agree Glenn Close > Lady Gaga but that’s not always the way things work otherwise Amy Adams would have a least one award by now.

    The show was a little safe. Nice. Boring. I think my only genuine LOL moment with Samberg and Oh was the Inspiration Moments where they won their awards previously, which was sad because it wasn’t even that funny but just hit me in the right spot. And the only part I replayed was Christian Bale’s speech. He really should do some comedy.

    • Sunnyjyl says:

      The movie was breathtaking. My husband cried, which is something. I thought it was the best ASIB, yet. Very powerful. It did peak early, and Bohemian Rhapsody made people feel good. ASIB was too much tragedy.

  8. Mia4s says:

    “Singer was fired early in the production, and while his name still appears in the credits, that’s mostly a union thing”

    @Kaiser, that “union thing” means Singer directed at least half the movie (more likely 51% plus), he was fired with 2-3 weeks left to go and brought back into the editing room (per the Hollywood Reporter). Not to mention Malek has talked repeatedly about filming Live Aid as one of the very first things, so the big finale everyone apparently loves? Bryan Singer’s.

    If you support Bohemian Rhapsody you are supporting Bryan Singer (and helping him on his way to a $10 million paycheck for Red Sonja). End of story. Some people have made their peace with that. I can’t.

    • Lisa says:

      Thank you for breaking this down for us!

    • Miss M says:

      @Mia4S: thank you for the explanation. I really wanted to see this movie. But I decided not to because in mind I would be supporting Singer. The movie is still his, even if he is not mentioned in the speeches…

    • MB says:

      I also see it as supporting the hundreds of other people who put their blood sweat and tears into this movie. I imagine there are horrible human beings in leadership roles across just about every major economic enterprise.

  9. DenG says:

    Go, go, go Glenn Close!!! This woman must win her Oscar this year. I’m excited y’all.

  10. Molly says:

    Interesting that Cate Blanchett was heavily scrutinized and even blamed for working with Woody Allen and apparently she needed to speak up and explain herself for that, but Rami Malek doesn’t need to do the same for working with Singer ? I guess it’s because he is male, considered cute by some and desirable, so he immediately gets a pass, lol.

    • xdanix says:

      YES. THIS. It really bothered me the other night that when any journalists tried to ask anything abut Singer, they were immediately shut down. Rami and everyone just refused to speak about him and wouldn’t take any questions about him. And I don’t think that’s ok, I don’t think they should get away with that. They chose to work with him, every single one of them, and they would have HAD to know at least something about Singer. The stories about him are simply too widespread not to. I’m not saying they should have to account for what he did (or, allegedly did, I guess :P) but they absolutely should have to account for choosing to work with him and what it means now that his movie- because it absolutely is HIS movie- could be on its way to a Best Picture Oscar.

    • a reader says:

      Thank you for saying this Molly! And cosigned xdanix… cosigned….

    • Alexis says:


    • Sigh... says:

      The same with Blake Lively. And Kate Winslet. And ScarJo. And Selena Gomez. Women are STILL having to explain why they signed The Polanski Petition, YET Malek “worked hard,” etc. But the others didn’t?

      So this isn’t Malek’s obvious Oscar-grab, like the rest are labelled as, cuz he’s nice/awkward/talented?

      Malek doesn’t have to “answer (for),” whereas others are being questioned YEARS aft working/supporting these “types (Winepig, Pill Cosby, Singer, etc)?” What did Streep know?!?! How could Oprah NOT know!?!?! None of that here?


    • Sigh... says:

      ((Double post))

    • Aren says:

      Exactly. The women are complicit, the males are just doing their job.

    • Totally old says:

      This so much!!! Wish I could comment yes to your comment 1000x. Perfect. Thanks

    • otaku fairy says:


    • Renee says:

      @ Molly, EXACTLY! I can’t figure out how Blanchett, Winslet, Gomez, etc are all complicit for working with Woody Allen but Rami Malek bears no responsibility. Hmmmm…….. and we wonder why nothing changes???

    • Amelie says:

      Emma Stone also worked with Woody Allen. YUCK!

  11. TurkeyLurkey says:

    What about the A Star is Born and sexual harasser Jon Peters connection? (is he to profit from this film?) Or the ASIB leading lady and the R. Kelly connection? Oh dear so many issues with that film but everyone just wants a certain someone to win so they will overlook it.

  12. Becks1 says:

    I haven’t seen aSIB (I’m sure I will at some point) but it was clear from even before the movie was released that Cooper and Gaga thought they had THE Oscar movie of the year.

    Interesting about the ratings being better when the winners are considered “locked up,” I like it more when its interesting and unexpected. As best picture winners go, I think the Academy does a decent job of spacing it out between big box office hits and more niche arthouse type movies. To this day I am so glad that La La Land did not win because I hated that movie.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Yes, Gaga esp came into award season thinking she was going to win everything – that’s the vibe i got off them both and is why i have put off seeing the movie. The posturing of them during the promo tour was off putting – it was all about them and about her and how amazing she is. She is desperate to be taken seriously as an actress but sadly she’s another Madonna – great musician but terrible actress. Thou saying that Madonna was good in Evita.

      • Molly says:

        Madonna was never nominated for a SAG though and won tons of Razzies. So far Gaga is doing better in that department.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        @molly – Madonna got a Golden Globe for best actress for Evita, which admittedly was the only actress nom she got for that role. So at this stage she did better than Gaga.

      • Molly says:

        But Gaga already got acting GG for AHS. Now she has SAG nomination as well. That’s already better than what Madonna had during her whole acting career. Gaga has also nice chances of getting acting Oscar nomination, and Madonna never had it. That’s why so far Gaga is doing better in acting department than Madonna.

      • Kerfuffle says:

        Best actress Gg win >>> SAG nomination

        Category matters. The Gaga’s GG win was for TV supporting. Not the same.

      • Kebbie says:

        First, Gaga’s was Best Actress in a miniseries or TV movie, not supporting actress.

        Second, neither Gaga nor Madonna deserved their golden globe wins. The HFPA is a bunch of starf****** and more deserving actresses were robbed. Can you tell I’m still FURIOUS Kirsten Dunst didn’t take home that GG?!

        Third, in terms of the more legit actress, I think it’s obvious Hollywood is taking Gaga a lot more seriously than they ever took Madonna. Now if she’s not nominated for an Oscar, I’d revisit the conversation, but the HFPA is not representative of Hollywood the way the guilds and the academy are.

      • North of Boston says:

        I’d argue SAG nomination >>> GG win.

        Consider, if you will, Pia Zadora “won” a Golden Globe, considered by many to have been “bought” by her billionaire then-husband. She “beat” several excellent actresses who had turned in excellent performances in their films.

        Being nominated by a group of your SAG peers carries a bit more cred, or at least it did, compared to being nominated by a group of press who historically seem more interested in flash and bling and which hot names they can get to party with them at the ceremony, plus possibly whose backers throw around a bit of cash. The Golden Globes have tried to carry more weight than that, positioning themselves as a serious more glamorous, industry-party-friendly lead up to the more “respected” Oscars. But they aren’t. Then again, the Oscars aren’t really either…they like every other award show…seem more focused on increasing ratings of their tv broadcast, rather than really awarding excellence in film.

    • ravynrobyn says:

      @ BECKS 1-I couldn’t figure out why in the hell I refused to see this movie, but you nailed it! I was excited for it when it was first being talked about, but very quickly BC and LG’s pride and pleasure turned into entitlement and the narrative that ASIB is the most amazing, incredible and most ORIGINAL movie EVAH!!! turned me sour.

      When I read that LG was angry that she lost “Best Actress” I had a nice big belly laugh…granted I haven’t seen ASIB but her thinking that she
      should/would win over Glenn Close–let alone be nominated with her & Olivia Coleman…GTFOH!

      Confession: when Barbara Streisand’s ASIB came out I think I saw it in the theater 5-6 times…my first serial movie, lol. I laughed, I cried, it became a part of me, it spoke to me-I was OBSESSED.

      Happened to catch it a few months ago and well…not as I remembered! Music still incredible but the movie seemed silly and flat. But that was forever ago, times have changed and I certainly have 🤣

    • sid says:

      “I haven’t seen aSIB (I’m sure I will at some point) but it was clear from even before the movie was released that Cooper and Gaga thought they had THE Oscar movie of the year. ”

      They were completely insufferable and over the top. Campaigning is one thing but from the way those two were acting about this movie you would have thought they revolutionized the entire industry.

  13. xdanix says:

    I don’t blame the guy. They sat them front and centre only for him to watch everyone else win and he got to home empty-handed- again. Even the one award his movie did win wasn’t his win. I thought they were both pretty gracious losers, but it still had to hurt him big-time to put nearly 4 years into a movie that everyone said was the best work of his career, have MONTHS of everyone proclaiming it the surest thing for awards, and then to get almost completely shut out.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      This happens every year – I remember when everyone thought Bendy was a shoo in for The Imitation Game and it was shut out of almost everything and Bendy himself thought he was going to win all the awards. He bought into the hype and thought that Harvey would get it for him.

      • xdanix says:

        Oh, I know he’s far from the first it’s happened to. But it’s still got to REALLY hurt.

      • Marianne says:

        I actually wondered how bitter sacha Baron Cohen must have felt. He was trying to get a Freddie Mercury movie (with him as lead) made for sooo long and then Rami wins qa Globe for it.

  14. Lala11_7 says:

    Bradley made a movie about an “ok” man…who does consistently “bad” things to a “good” woman…good LUCK with that optic…during these times…

    Lady Gaga worked with R. Kelly a couple of years ago on that HORRIFIC song…even though she KNEW what a sexual criminal he is…She deserves everything she AIN’T gonna get

    However…the ONE good thing about Lady Gaga for putting Kelly back in the forefront…before she gave him a putrid leg up…he was basically lurking in the shadows…doing his live venues andriding on his old hits…which are considerable…unfortunately…when Gaga did that collabo with him a couple of years ago…that prompted him to put out that “Black Panty” crap which put him BACK in the forefront…and all of his disgusting sludge came oozing back out and the #MuteRKelly movement started with GUSTO…

    So…there is…that….

  15. Jessica says:

    Pretty incredible to seat BCoop and Gaga (and dress her in the most look-at-me gown of the evening) in the front row where everyone needs to walk past to get on stage.

    Boo hoo, ASIB. Everyone is sick of you and your boring stories of how bcoop got Gaga to fulfill her dream of ACTING.

  16. Molly says:

    Well, maybe BR getting Golden Globe will also help Esquire to publish that piece on Singer before Oscars?

  17. Scal says:

    And Rami and the producers have NOT done a great job with the issue. The main producer (who STILL defends Singer), Brian May and Malek were all asked about it at the globes backstage and Rami jumped in with “that’s not what what tonight is about let’s just celebrate Freddie Mercury!” It was cynical and it was gross and it shows that he cares more about winning then about brining a pedophile to justice.

    Using Mercury as a shield for question about a pedophile is disgusting and why this movie and everyone on it is canceled for me.

    • pru says:

      Those are my feelings too. You can either say something now and do the right thing, or you can evade the issue and hope others say something. Then months from now Singer will be forgotten and it will someone else’s responsibility. Morals supersedes Hollywood ambition.

      • North of Boston says:

        Yeah, that worked really well for Nate Parker. /s

        Basically, you’ve got to own it. Not just by saying the politically correct, publicist approved thing, but by speaking honestly about why you went ahead working with someone rumored to be a horrible person who has ruined many many innocent lives. Not “sorry if people were offended” or “he was nothing but a professional with me”. Try “I heard, but didn’t realize and now that I know, I would never work with him again, and will do everything I can to bring his actions to light, support his victims, etc, etc”

        Even something as simple as Emma Stone yelling out “I’m sorry” when Aloha was mentioned in the opening ( that a thing) monologue is better than dodging it. It seemed honest, heartfelt (as much as an off-screen yell from the audience can be) – a public admission that she’d screwed up. (note B Coop was also in Aloha) Just own it – say “the role was so great, I didn’t think it through enough, that was a mistake” RM’s actually got a great out – since he had such a crappy experience working with Singer, he’s not out there singing the guy’s praises.

        THB, too, I’d love to see some attention/heat on the people who actually HIRED Singer and his ilk, they are the ones who REALLY should be held accountable for throwing vulnerable victims at that predator’s feet and giving him financial and professional cover. Because there is NO WAY they didn’t know about him, or Spacey or any other of the serial predators in Hollywood.

    • Wilma says:

      Not to mention the hatchet job the movie does on Freddy Mercury. Much respect to John Deacon for not cooperating in this.

      • Marianne says:

        Deacon hasn’t been in the public eye since the 90s. Its not like he chose to stay out of this one issue specifically.

    • Dr Mrs The Monarch says:

      I think people’s love of Queen simply outweighs the scandals surrounding this film. Malek seems determined to campaign on Freddy’s memory, even though this movie wasn’t very honest about Freddy’s love life.

      Dear Hollywood: it is okay to love Queen without giving this movie more awards.

  18. Tw says:

    My problem with ASIB is that it felt very uneven to me. There were scenes and sections of the film that were incredibly moving and engaging and offers that were not. It seemed too long but at the same time seemed to wrap up some plot points too quickly. The acting and music was fantastic but the film itself had problems. I would see it again just for certain scenes, mostly of Gaga performing. She was phenomenal. I’ve never been a big fan of her music but always appreciated how talented she is and she can act, too. I haven’t seen The Wife, and I was hoping Gaga would win for best actress.

  19. Anne says:

    Just the fact that Bradley sang live in front of a real audience for A Star is Born makes him better than Rami’s fake teeth. Seeing a movie directed by a pedophile and Green Book leading 2019 awards season is disgusting.

    • a reader says:

      Facts right there.

    • coco says:

      Cooper was not portraying an iconic musician with a unique voice, expecting Malek to sing like Mercury is beyond stupid. ASIB is a mediocre film, and it was about time people started to realize it.

      • Totally old says:

        Hate to tell you but Bohemian Rhapsody is a mediocre movie too! In fact ASIB got more critical acclaim than BR. And I don’t like either of the movies, nor the stars in either. There is not one actor in either movie that I would spend $10 to see in a movie.

      • Coco says:

        @Totally Old I was not defending BR, I haven’t watched it yet, but I have seen ASIB and that film doesn’t deserve half the good reviews an attention it got. Cooper is okay and Gaga is just playing herself. Boring film with nothing new to tell.

    • Kebbie says:

      Golden Globe wins do not mean they’re leading awards season. GGs are notoriously terrible predictors for both Oscars and Emmys.

      • Marianne says:

        Its the Guilds that you want to look out for. Cause those are the ones that are actually being nominated and voted on by their peers.

        Now, Im not saying that the Golden Globes don’t help with keeping a momentum going…or that someone might be inspiried by Regina’s speech and it might push them into giving her a nomination….

        But overall, the Golden Globes mean jack-crap when it comes to predicting the Oscars…

      • North of Boston says:


        Or actually +1 +1 for both Kebbie and Marianne.

        The GG’s love to be mistaken for oracles of the Oscar wins, but they are dress-up party night for the HFPA, timed for maximum notice, attendance and buzz at the start of the awards season. Though some of the members have actual cred, and that has grown over the years, the GG’s are nowhere near the arbiters of artistic greatness / edginess that the people who stage these awards pretend they are. Look instead to the festivals, and/or the guild, Spirit awards for that.

  20. Veronica says:

    Eh, I’ll let him be disappointed. It’s not like he trash-talked his competitors before or after the loss. People are human. As long as he speaks graciously about it after, I’m fine.

    Rami Malek was very good in Bohemian Rhapsody, but I’m not going to pretend that I think the film as a whole was particularly deserving of all the accolades. Count me as one of those queers who thinks our tendency as a society to sanitize the evil and cruelty of America’s apathy toward the AIDS epidemic is to our detriment.

    • tw says:

      I agree with your comments on the AIDS epidemic. I lost a a family member in ’86 and remember vividly the cruelty and apathy. I visited the David Wojnarowicz exhibit at the Whitney museum in NY recently and it was powerful, enraging and incredibly sad. Sanitizing these dark moments in history only serves to repeat them.

      • Veronica S. says:

        It honestly horrifies me how many young people don’t know anything about it. The media literally managed to wipe out the reality of its terror in less than two decades. I grew up on the tail end of the epidemic, when people were just starting to survive it due to the new medication regimens, but I remember the stories. I remember growing up with AIDS as a death sentence, not a survivable chronic condition. I knew people who knew people who died. I remember the quilt on display in Washington. And it blows my mind that so many people – especially young LGBT+ people – don’t know this. They don’t realize that an entire generation was lost in the process of getting their rights.

        So, yeah, that bothered me about the film. I get why people were arguing otherwise – that LGBT+ individuals when movies CELEBRATING their life and experiences. But the hard reality is that Freddie Mercury’s story is not a happy one. It’s heartbreaking. He was remarkable and talented and beautiful and bold, and he was taken from us too young. He died horribly, misunderstood and overlooked. People loved his work but refused to accept him. His life is a potent commentary on the dual-edged sword of celebrity where the idea of something is better loved than the person. When I listen to Queen, I think about all of the incredible talent he had – and all the amazing music and life we never got to see from him because society turned a blind eye to AIDS.

  21. Kerfuffle says:

    Singer is litigious and connected – we may never get a statement about him unless there’s an actual guilty verdict. It makes me think of Doctor Luke and Kesha.

  22. Winnie Cooper's Mom says:

    I don’t really get all the hate that ASIB is receiving on this thread – and from a lot of people who claim they haven’t even seen it yet. I think we shouldn’t be able to give our opinions on a movie until we’ve seen it in full. Is it a remake? Yes. But that doesn’t prevent it from being a beautiful piece of work. There was a lot of originality to it, actually. It’s a stand alone from the previous versions, IMO. The music, the acting… all of it pulls the viewer in, all the way up through the last scene where Gaga sings the song “Never Love Again.” If you haven’t seen it, see it and then give your opinion. If you have and still don’t like it, then that’s your prerogative.

    • Kittyfarts says:

      EXACTLY!! B Coop worked hard on this film! Of course he is upset to not win…. who wouldn’t be. I didn’t think I’d like ASIB either. But I loved it. I took my 65 year old mom with me who prefers it over Babs version.

    • a reader says:

      I shamelessly loved ASIB. It is a beautiful film and I don’t care that others knock it for being a remake.

  23. Kittyfarts says:

    I feel like Bradley Cooper is the new Leo. He should have won an Oscar for American Sniper. He deserves to win for best director for ASIB. His performance in ASIB is excellent. The majority of the people commenting are admitting to not seeing the film but are glad he didn’t win??? Do you realize awards are about PERFORMANCES??? And not your opinion of someone you don’t even know?! I’m not a huge fan of his but I can admit he was great as director & actor in ASIB. Gaga was great too considering this is her first huge role!

  24. Lorelei says:

    Can someone more knowledgeable help explain Oscar “campaigns” to me?

    I know they’re a big deal, but I don’t understand why. Are there any Academy members who just vote for whatever movie/actor they think was actually the best? What do they have to gain by voting for someone who ran a good campaign as opposed to people who gave the best performances?

    I realize I’m very naive but WTF?

    • pru says:

      Selling an image and schmoozing Oscar voters is how the game is played. It’s considered by many just as an important part of earning an Oscar as the actual performance.

    • xo says:

      In 1999, there was an upset in the Best Picture race. Saving Private Ryan, the anticipated favorite, lost to Shakespeare in Love (Miramax). Now, Miramax had been especially aggressive in courting voters & the upset was said to be testament to the effectiveness of their approach. The modern Oscar campaign was born.

      That upset is discussed here, starting at 34:13:

      Mike Nichols discusses the impressionability of Oscar voters here, with Charlie Rose, starting at 44:30:

      It appears that, yes, voters can be swayed. . .

    • Marianne says:

      Its hard to literally go and see everything. There’s always going to be something you miss. So buy doing these luncheons and meet and greets as well as sending the screeners, it gives some of these members an incentive to watch those films.

  25. Erika says:

    I don’t think it would be fair to punish the actors for the directors being scum. Rami malek did an amazing job playing Freddie Mercury and Bohemian Rhapsody truly was an amazing movie, regardless of singer’s behavior. Recognizing that doesn’t mean your defending the behavior, it just means you’re able to separate the two subjects.

    • Boodiba says:


    • Totally old says:

      I agree Ericka as long as it’s applied consistently. My beef is that many are saying don’t blame Rami for Bryan but in the past Cate Blanchett, Emma stine, Scarlett Jo, etc., didn’t get the same sentiment. They were skewered for working with Woody. RamI is a cute guy and the women are giving him an out and making excuses. He signed on to the project knowing full well what Bryan Singer was. He had no remorse then and now he wants to ignore any questions about Bryan. No sir, buddy you don’t get to sweep Bryan under the rug just because you want to win an oscar.

      • Melanie says:

        Is it possible that Rami didn’t know about the things that Bryan Singer did? I know I had never heard stories about his behavior the way I had with Harvey Weinstein and Woody Allen.

      • Totally Old says:

        Melanie, anything is possible but I don’t see how he wouldn’t know. I started hearing about Bryan Singer 7-8 years ago and remember when the kid who played the wolf in Twilight – Taylor Lautner was working on a project with Bryan Singer and wondering why in the world his dad would let him because he was the perfect candidate for Singer to abuse. The project didn’t come to fruition but I kept reading things about Singer. I can’t see how Rami or his manager wouldn’t have known as well. I believe Rami knew but it was too big of a part for him to turn down and he simply just chose to ignore it and play the part that he knew would ultimately catapult him into stardom. I just wish he would be honest now and not try to sweep it away.

  26. a reader says:

    Tons of apologists for everyone involved with BP on this thread.

    Look, if people are complicit for working with Woody Allen at this point, then surely anyone who signs onto a project with Bryan Singer is complicit as well. This includes the band Queen, the studio, and yes Rami.

    In fact I am pretty disgusted at how that crew handled questions about Singer in the backstage press room at the GGs. They used the memory of an LGBTQ icon to deflect accusations against a director who is accused of sexually assaulting members of that very community. That’s the height of hubris. They are all cancelled, Rami included.

    • Wilma says:

      And again, they sold Freddy Mercury himself out in the movie. I’m so angry at Brian May and Roger Taylor.

  27. Erika says:

    Also, the comments mentioning Rami seams calculated or off, hes just very awkward but happens to be well spoken. I’ve had the opportunity to meet him and he was very nice. It came across to me that he is simply the awkward kid who somehow made it big.

  28. SlightlyAnonny says:

    Doubtful. The amount of botox in his forehead makes it impossible for Bradley Cooper’s face to drop.

    • Chaine says:

      lol my thought too 🙂 a shame what he’s done to himself with the tox and fillers and nose job.

  29. Michel says:

    Look, I actually enjoyed a ASIB. My boyfriend made me go and I’m glad I watched it. It was clearly a labor of love for BC. But I do not feel bad for him. Maybe this is his karma for remaining firmly in the closet.

    • Melanie says:

      Why does everyone assume he is gay when there is no proof?

      • CairinaCat says:

        There is plenty of proof from when he was younger. He tried to scrub it but the internet is forever.
        Plus if you know people in weho who go to the same clubs he trolls

  30. TheOriginalMia says:

    Someone believed the hype. I didn’t realize ASIB was still considered a surefire awards winner. I thought there was buzz and it died down. *shrug*

  31. Originaltessa says:

    I just can’t feel sorry for someone like Bradley Cooper. He’s talented and gainfully employed and he lives a life of luxury. Awards are stupid. He’ll be fine.

  32. Holly says:

    A Star is Born is a remake of a remake of another remake … it is the fourth version. there is nothing new there !!! it’s obvious Bradley is desperate to win an Oscar

  33. EuropeshouldprepareforRussianinvasion says:

    Bohemian Rhapsody:

    “Look, if people are complicit for working with Woody Allen at this point, then surely anyone who signs onto a project with Bryan Singer is complicit as well. This includes the band Queen, the studio, and yes Rami.”

    “Interesting that Cate Blanchett was heavily scrutinized and even blamed for working with Woody Allen and apparently she needed to speak up and explain herself for that, but Rami Malek doesn’t need to do the same for working with Singer ?”


    It is an obvious double standard.
    Remember everybody blamed for, and rightfully forced to eplain, their work with the likes of Allen, Weinstein, Polansky etc.
    The same has to be expected and demanded! from all involved in working for/with Singer for Bohemian Rhapsody. Nothing else is acceptable. Nothing else is helpful.
    Denying this , while in any way condemning /side eying Johanson, Blanchett etc., is not honourable conduct.

    The same obviously equal scrutiny treatment has to apply to Gaga and her work with R.Kelly, Terry whatshisname and (wasn’t there a third predator ?)

    • Marianne says:

      Hollywood is full of hypocrites.

      • otaku fairy says:

        Not just Hollywood, unfortunately. This isn’t directed at you. But on a lot of different comment sections, social media sites, and entertainment/ gossip sites, people have open profiles or are known members of different communities. So since 2017, it has been a bit bizarre at different times being able to see people pounce on “#YouKnew! You Blew! I’m from friggin’ ZELIENOPLE or Brattleboro and I knowed because wifi, so you had 2 knowed! As a Have Not, I am proud to say that I am more moral and ethical than every Hollywood elite Have” bandwagons one minute, but then peak at their comment histories and catch several incidents where they actively either trashed and discredited different abuse victims coming forward, or make other comments that encourage similar abusive behaviors.
        It’s been crazy.

  34. Natasha says:

    A Star Is Born is overrated and follows the same formula as the previous 3 movies of the same name … there is nothing new in this movie

  35. Jess says:

    Kaiser, people aren’t just upset with Bohemian Rhapsody because of the Bryan Singer connection (although that’s more than enough – nobody should be working with him and did you see that Brett Rhatner, another problem director, congratulated Singer on the Golden Globes win? Gross!) People are also upset with the movie itself and how it twists history and shoves Freddie’s sexuality to the side:

  36. Kevin says:

    Bradley Cooper was the best friend of Harvey Wenstein ….and he knew what his bestie did!! that’s disgusting. Of course there are hypocrite people who don’t want to remember that

    • Melanie says:

      I don’t know if I would call them best friends, but I do wonder if he knew or had heard about the things Harvey had done. Bradley really did seem like Harvey’s golden boy there for a few years.

  37. Marianne says:

    I thought ASTIB had some good songs, and I thought Bradley and gaga were good and had great chemistry together…but the story itself was TOO melodramtatic for me. It was not one of my favourites so I dont really care that it was snubbed.

  38. Adrien says:

    If he fails to get an Oscar for this, he should direct a Richard Grieco biopic wherein he also play Richard Grieco.

  39. therealMrsKC says:

    The film got snubbed because, compared to other films, it is not that great AND it is a remake of a remake. I mean, come on. Every time I see Gaga in her dress, I have to laugh because she SOOOO thought she was going to win. I bet she practiced her speech every night for weeks. LOL

    • kim says:

      I agree! I’ve seen all the other remakes and the original, and this one was nice, but not GG/oscar worthy.

  40. Lilyb says:

    This year’s best actor’s Oscar is 100% Christian Bale’s

  41. mtam says:

    Did he do something to his face? I can barely recognize him.

  42. A says:

    All I could think about when Bohemian Rhapsody won was that the people who made the movie sure are lucky that there are so many people in this world who love Freddie Mercury. The film was successful based on that love alone, because otherwise, there is no way people would have been able to look past any of the rest of its faults. The fact that it won, over If Beale Street Could Talk no less, speaks to how we have no credible metric for assessing what makes a good, worthwhile movie.

    I’m glad that ASIB got snubbed. Sorry. Bradley Cooper is a try hard, and I did not understand the hype at all.

  43. Ali says:

    Bradley Cooper seems so much like his character in He’s Just Not That into You that I cant really see him as any other character ever.

    I’m glad Glenn Close won. She’s amazing.

  44. Rescue Cat says:

    I look forward to a utopian time when society is under surveillance 24/7 and all crime is detected the moment it occurs. It may sound punitive but it’ll only be a problem for people who break the law. But it’ll be amazing for those of us who love structure and obey the law.

  45. Tallia says:

    Wow. I guess I am the only one here who did not like Bohemian Rhapsody. I thought the story was missing a lot and it was really contrived. I love Rami, but he just seemed like a caricature in this movie. I am shocked it is being nominated like it has been.