An Academy Award is one of the highest accolades in film, but they can’t change how Lady Gaga sees her A Star Is Born director, Bradley Cooper. After the Oscar nominations were revealed on Tuesday (Jan. 22), many were shocked to see that Bradley didn’t receive a nod for Best Director, despite the film getting a whopping eight nominations.
Speaking to the Los Angeles Times , the “Poker Face” singer – who stars opposite Bradley in the remake – didn’t seem too bothered. “Well, you know, you never know what’s going to happen,” she mused. “But at the end of the day, he knows that he’s the best director in my eyes, and in all of our eyes as his cast.”
It doesn’t take much to convince the public of that. At every red carpet, press conference and screening, the cast are always spotted gushing over first-time director Bradley. It’s clear he made an impression on them, and he’s thrilled nonetheless. “I know that he’s so happy that we’ve all been nominated and that the film was recognized and we all feel really, really beyond elated for the recognition.”
It has certainly been a special silver-screen debut for the popstar, who opened up to The New York Times about her incredible nomination for Best Actress. She slept through the nominations, waking up to the news at about 8:30 a.m. “I didn’t know anything about it. I just burst into tears,” she said when her manager told her.
Lady Gaga and Mark Ronson took home a Golden Globe earlier this month for their song “Shallow,”which is also in the running for an Academy Award. The film is also in the running for major categories like Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, while 44-year-old Bradley is up for Best Actor, the singer is up for Best Actress and Sam Elliot might take home the gold for Best Supporting Actor.
Best Director or not, Bradley was thrilled with the news! “Everyone who worked on this film truly risked putting themselves out there — in the hope that in doing so people will connect and feel something deep and personal — the way films have made me feel since I was a kid,” he told ET Canada.
“When I got this opportunity I knew I had to risk it all because I may never get another chance — so to be here today in a place where people who have seen the film are talking about how it makes them feel, something deep — that simple human thing — that we need each other — and the Academy to recognize that this morning — I just am so grateful.”