Sean Penn Urges Oscars to Vote for Bradley Cooper and A Star Is Born: It's 'Such a Gift'
The Oscar winner 58, penned an op-ed for Deadline in which he urged Oscar voters to really consider Cooper, 44, and his hit film.
“There are many really good films and performances nominated this year,” Penn wrote. “There are also many perishable trend-pieces that, win or lose, will be lost to memory.”
He continued, “In a fair world, A Star Is Born sweeps the awards. It’s just such a gift. Clear minds and hearts cannot possibly deny it its due. It’s over and over again one of my favorite films of all time, harkening back to the essential filmmaking of Hal Ashby.”
(Ashby was a director known for the films Coming Home starring Jane Fonda and Jon Voight, as well as Shampoo with Warren Beatty.)
Penn adds Cooper’s directorial efforts (he also co-wrote the screenplay and starred in the film) are “the achievement of one artist who had the courage to stand naked and jump from the edge of a vertical cliff, bringing his whole cast and crew with him, and simultaneously catch their fall.”
“It’s a triumph,” he wrote.
While Penn supports the film, he added he doesn’t hold much hope for the film to win at this months Oscars ceremony.
“In the end, the apples and oranges of film competition, and the inequity of advertising budgets has always left the Academy Awards with some inevitable aftertaste of the alcohol most of us have to drink to get through them,” he wrote. “To spare myself potential disappointment, I’m raising a glass in advance to Bradley Cooper and A Star Is Born.”
Penn added, “A Star Is Born is simply everything that movies should be. If we honor anything, this should be it.”
A Star Is Born has been nominated for seven Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay for Cooper, as well as Best Actress for Lady Gaga and Best Supporting Actor for Sam Elliott.
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Cooper wasn’t nominated for the Best Director category, a fact he admitted made him feel “embarrassed.”
“I was not surprised, I’m never surprised about not getting nominated,” Cooper told Oprah Winfrey at Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations from Times Square. “I was with my friend in New York City at a 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.”