Bradley Cooper Talks Oscar Loss in British GQ's April 2013 Issue

Posted Monday March 4, 2013 2:50 PM GMT

He’s one of the hottest, most successful actors in the industry, and Bradley Cooper is actually relieved he didn’t win an Oscar for “Silver Linings Playbook” at the 85th Academy Awards last month.

In the April 2013 issue of British GQ (accompanied by a Brigitte Lacombe-shot spread), the “Limitless” hunk explained, “I don’t want to win an Oscar. It would change nothing. Nothing. The things in my life that aren’t fulfilled would not be fulfilled. Career-wise, right now, it’s better that I don’t win one. I don’t want to win. I don’t.”

Cooper added that losing his father in 2011 put everything in perspective. “I watched him dying and I was there by his bed watching him, breathing with him, and then I saw his last breath and he was gone. I experienced the whole thing. And that was a watershed moment that I was privileged to experience. And it changed everything. Nothing has ever been the same since.

“You know William Blake’s ‘Songs Of Innocence?’ Well, right there, in that moment, the innocence was gone. Done. Never to return. The beauty is that I just don’t sweat sh*t anymore. My father gave me two gifts – having me and dying with me. I used to be the kid that got the shakes if I had to talk in public; now, I just don’t get nervous about stuff. I can’t control everything.”

“I watched my father die and I realized that is the way we are all going to die. For me, it was a switch from knowing something intellectually to knowing it by tangibly experiencing it. It rewired my neurological system. It almost did the opposite of motivating me. It was about keeping the main thing the main thing.”

Photo Credit: Brigitte Lacombe for British GQ