Hollywood 2019: Bradley (Star Is Born) Cooper Will Direct and Star in his Next Picture

Bradley Cooper, the actor-director of A Star Is Born, is on cloud nine, enjoying the acclaim from various sectors of the industry for his masterful helming of the dramatic musical.

Photo: Lady Gaga and me at Golden Globes

For his great debut, A Star Is Born, Cooper was nominated for two Golden Globes (but did not win), by the Directors Guild of America, and he’s likely to score Best Actor Oscar nomination on January 21.

Commercial Appeal:

A Star is Born is not only a critically acclaimed feature (90 percent approval on RottenTomatoes), but a huge commercial hit, domestically and internationally.

As of today, the movie has grossed $399,548,388 globally, of which half or $202,249,388 is in the U.S., and the rest or 197,300,000 internationally.

The movie’s budget was ultra-modest, $6 million, for such a mega production.

Venice Premiere, Sep 1, 2018.

On Tue night, Cooper was honored with the best director award from the National Board of Review (NBR).

“It’s overwhelming,” Cooper said.  “You take a risk. Even more scary, you ask a bunch of people to come risk with you, so that pressure is kind of overwhelming. To be able to make something and it’s being received the way it is, is really wonderful.”

Cooper said he was happy to see his industry friends win awards in his categories at this year’s Golden Globes. A Star Is Born lost out to “Bohemian Rhapsody” for best drama picture, and Cooper was nominated for best actor and best director, which went to “Bohemian Rhapsody’s” Rami Malek and “Roma’s” Alfonso Cuaron, respectively.

Proud of Graham King and Bohemian Rhapsody

“I was so proud of Graham King,” he said of the “Bohemian Rhapsody” producer, who was up on stage at the Globes for the best picture win. “I’ve known him for years. I know how hard he’s worked to get that movie made, and to see him up there being able to talk about it with the gratitude that he had, it was beautiful.”

“A Star Is Born” is leading up to the Oscars, and Cooper is already set to direct his second picture, but will not revealed more details.

However, he did offer up a big detail: He will star in the next project he directs, like he did in “A Star Is Born.”

“I think I’ll be acting in it,” Cooper revealed. “I love the two together,” he said of combining acting and directing, just like his friend-mentor, Clint Eastwood.

“I’d say with this one, there’s a tremendous amount of pressure that I just put on myself because I just want to grow and get better.” Cooper said.  And there will be added challenge in following up the huge critical and commercial success of “A Star Is Born.”

Cooper trusts his instincts: “I have to feel a story I want to tell, and once that happens, I can’t avoid it. I have to go for it.”

As for the Globes, although many people thought a “A Star Is Born” was snubbed, the film did win for best original song for “Shallow.” Cooper says that the first thing he said to Lady Gaga after she accepted the award at the ceremony was, “Let’s eat!”

Spielberg presented Cooper his best director award on stage with a glowing introduction.  A self-declared fan of Cooper’s since his days on “Alias,” Spielberg declared him to become one of the industry’s next great directors.

“Cooper refused to compromise,” Spielberg said of his perseverance in getting “A Star Is Born” made from getting the right script and right actress for the lead role. “He wanted it all on his first time at bat, where that ball will land, nobody knows.”

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