“A Star Is Born” received eight Oscar nominations, including best picture and best actor, actress and supporting actor for Cooper’s Jackson Maine, Lady Gaga’s breakout role as Ally and Sam Elliott as Jackson’s brother, Bobby.
“But the truth is, even if I got the nomination, that should not give me any sense of whether I did my job or not,” Cooper said. “The trick is to make something that you believe in and you work hard and then you have the project and you say, ‘OK.’ “
Cooper recalled feeling nervous before the movie’s premiere at the Venice Film Festival.
“I was sick, and I thought, ‘Oh yeah, I really do care what people are going to feel,’ ” Cooper said. “It was a very personal thing, this movie, and I really did show myself in a way that I thought ‘oh wow, this is vulnerable.’ And I said to myself, ‘If people don’t like it, please don’t let that stop inspiring you to make art.’ “
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