The Oscar-nominee is opening up ahead of Hollywood's night of nights

By Alexia Fernández and Ale Russian
February 05, 2019 08:06 PM

Bradley Cooper was left feeling out when he was snubbed for a best director Oscar nomination.

The 44-year-old actor opened up about being left out on Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations from Times Square on Tuesday in New York City, saying the moment was hard to move past.

“I was not surprised, I’m never surprised about not getting nominated,” he told host Oprah Winfrey. “I was with my friend in New York City at coffee shop and I look down at my phone, and Nicole [Caruso, his publicist] had texted me and they said congratulations on these other things, but they didn’t tell me the bad news. And I went, ‘Oh wow.’ And the first thing I felt was embarrassment.”

He added, “I felt embarrassed that I didn’t do my part. Like, ‘Oh gosh, I didn’t do my job.’ 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. That’s the trick. The trick is to make something you believe in and you work hard.”

Bradley Cooper

A Star Is Born is Cooper’s directorial debut which follows up and coming singer Ally (Lady Gaga) as veteran performer Jackson Maine (Cooper) helps launch her career.

Cooper also shared Lady Gaga‘s best advice to him when it came to singing in the film.

“She said, ‘Don’t try to sing it,'” he shared. “It was the best direction. It’s like acting, I’m actually talking.”

Cooper scored three Oscar nominations for A Star Is Born, including best actor, best picture and best adapted screenplay alongside Eric Roth and Will Fetters.

Bradley Cooper and Oprah Winfrey
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The father of one was accompanied at Winfrey’s event by girlfriend and model Irina Shayk. Other guests included Beto O’Rourke, Melinda Gates, Michael B. Jordan and Lisa Borders.

Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations from Times Square TV special will air on Feb. 16 at 8pm on OWN. Additionally, the conversations will be available on “Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations” podcast starting with Cooper’s episode on February 12 and Jordan’s on February 13, followed by O’ Rourke’s episode on February 27 and Borders’ episode on March 6. You can listen to the podcast episodes wherever podcasts are available.