Oscar 2013: Cooper, Bradley, Supporting Actor

For “American Hustle,” Bradley Cooper received his second Oscar nomination and his first in the Supporting Actor category.  He was previously nominated for Best Actor for “The Silver Linings Playbook” (2012), also directed by David O. Russell.

With his second consecutive Oscar performance, Cooper has demonstrated his knack for getting inside his characters’ heads and making them seem like an extension of himself.

From the curlers to the swagger to the accent, his interpretation of FBI Agent Richie DiMaso is both comical and intriguing. He has great chemistry with every co-star, from Amy Adams to Louis CK.

Cooper shows DiMaso’s tenacity through his expert delivery of quick dialogue and also showcases his vulnerability, just as he did in his acclaimed performance in “Silver Linings