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

Actor says that the death of his father has put things like life and career into perspective

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.

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Cooper... didn't want to win Oscar (Copyright: Weinstein Company)

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.