Somewhere in Bradley Cooper’s $13.5 million West Village townhouse is a tragic drawer stuffed with crumpled-up acceptance speeches that he’s by no means gotten to ship.
Find them and also you’ll see how the actor would’ve gotten all choked up in 2019 as he mentioned that Lady Gaga modified his life without end whereas filming “A Star Is Born,” or that he deliberate to grip his statuette with machismo satisfaction in 2015 and declare “American Sniper” director Clint Eastwood his rock.
But we’ve by no means had the pleasure of witnessing such moments.
Despite a mountain of acclaim, Cooper, 47, has not but had the chance to “thank the academy” or the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which type of placed on the 2022 Golden Globe Awards on Sunday. The gifted actor is turning into one among awards seasons’ biggest perpetual losers.
Over his profession, he’s been nominated for 3 Globes for performing (“Silver Linings Playbook,” “American Hustle,” “A Star Is Born”) and one for steering “A Star Is Born.” Lost ’em all.
At the Oscars, he’s snagged 4 performing nods (“Silver Linings Playbook,” “American Hustle,” “American Sniper, “A Star Is Born”) and one for the tailored screenplay of “A Star Is Born.” Nada.
And his private failure has contaminated his initiatives, too. None of the nominated greatest image contenders he’s been part of (“American Sniper,” “A Star Is Born,” “Joker”) took house the highest Oscar or Globe.
Even worse, this 12 months the Globes — which, regardless of their controversies, have grow to be an honest prognosticator for the Oscars — snubbed Cooper solely.
Perhaps it’s as a result of the man is usually a jackass in interviews, or that his golden boy picture was obliterated throughout press for “A Star Is Born,” when he grew a beard and cranked up his Hollywood pretentiousness to Joaquin Phoenix-on-David Letterman ranges. But he is undeniably very gifted.
Most anticipated he’d handle to make it into at the least one Globes class this 12 months for one among his two extensively adored performances: because the main man in Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley” and a brief however memorable supporting flip as Jon Peters in “Licorice Pizza,” which was nominated for a slew of different prizes.
“Nightmare Alley,” a fascinating noir thriller that’s set in a sinister circus, is considerably divisive, although most agree that Cooper is phenomenal in it and is giving a really awards-y efficiency.
His unhinged portrayal of Barbra Streisand’s ex Jon Peters in “Licorice Pizza” is fun riot.
But no cube for Cooper.
How the hell can this man catch a break? In Hollywood, streaks good and unhealthy have a tendency to stay for a very long time. Glenn Close has been nominated for eight Oscars and has by no means received. When Olivia Colman triumphed over Close’s gorgeous portrayal of a partner with a secret in “The Wife,” the general feeling was that her greatest tactic going ahead could be to poison her rivals.
The late legend Peter O’Toole was additionally nominated eight instances for an Oscar and by no means received.
Frances McDormand, Meryl Streep and Gary Oldman, however, may snag a Golden Globe or Oscar for a TikTok of them ordering a chalupa at Taco Bell.
Cooper, I’m afraid, might be destined to stay within the flop camp for all eternity. Though, as any Cubs fan is aware of, the not possible can occur. It simply may take 108 years.