Bradley Cooper has already been getting a lot of love here on 4E this week, but now he’s getting some from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Today, the Academy announced that Cooper was an Oscar nominee in the category of Best Supporting Actor!
Cooper (COL ’97) was nominated for his role in American Hustle, a film loosely based on an FBI investigation in the 1970s. This is his second straight year in which he is up for an Oscar; last year, he was nominated in the Best Actor category for his work in Silver Linings Playbook alongside actress Jennifer Lawrence. (Cooper will be working with Lawrence again in the upcoming film, Serena, directed by Susanne Bier.)
Other 2014 Best Supporting Actor nominees include Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) and Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave).
Today, actors Michael Douglas and Jared Leto have come under criticism for their strange and possibly homophobic acceptance speeches during the Golden Globes award ceremony last night. Their comments came as a bit of a shock, considering both had been honored for playing prominent LGBT roles.
While accepting his Golden Globe, Douglas, who earned the prize for his portrayal of the piano icon Liberace in Behind the Candelabra, said,“Being the paranoid actor that I was, I thought maybe I was mincing a little bit in the part that I was doing.”
Leto also made some awkward statements during his acceptance speech. Referring to getting his body waxed to play a transgender woman named Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club, he remarked, “I’m just fortunate it wasn’t a period piece so I didn’t have to do full Brazilian. Ladies, you know what I’m talking about; and so do some of you men, I think.”
When hearing Leto’s statement, many ceremony attendees let out a chuckle. Bradley Cooper (COL ’97), however, had a different reaction to the inconsiderate comment:
His reaction just gives us another reason to think Bradley Cooper is so awesome: He doesn’t like weird digs to the LGBT community.