'I didn't want the Oscar' says Bradley Cooper

Ben Arnold
Yahoo UK Movies News
4 March 2013

Bradley Cooper has said that he was not interested in winning the Oscar he was nominated for 'Silver Linings Playbook'.

The actor, who played bi-polar high school teacher Pat Solatano in the film, revealed that such things don't matter to him anymore following the death of his father.

[Related story: Jennifer Lawrence's Silver Linings wardrobe goes up for auction]



Speaking to GQ magazine, he said: “I watched him dying and I was there by his bed watching him, breathing with him, and then I saw his last breath and he was gone.

“I experienced the whole thing. And that was a watershed moment that I was privileged to experience. And it changed everything. Nothing has ever been the same since.

“My father gave me two gifts - having me and dying with me. I used to be the kid that got the shakes if I had to talk in public; now, I just don't get nervous about stuff. I can't control everything. “I don't want to win an Oscar. It would change nothing. Nothing. The things in my life that aren't fulfilled would not be fulfilled.

“Career-wise, right now, it's better that I don't win one. I don't want to win. I don't.”

Though he did not win the Best Actor Oscar for his performance, his co-star Jennifer Lawrence took the statue for Best Actress.

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