Bradley Cooper admits that he’s pretty embarrassed about getting passed over for a Best Director nomination for his directorial debut, A Star Is Born.
Beloved by critics and audiences alike, many were shocked when his name didn’t appear in the final nominations. But he wasn’t.
Cooper told Oprah Winfrey for her upcoming SuperSoul Conversations TV special: "I was not surprised, I’m never surprised about not getting nominated. The first thing I felt was embarrassment, actually. I felt embarrassed that I didn’t do my part…Like, ‘Oh gosh, I didn’t do my job.'"
Still, the film did get eight Oscar nominations, including Best Actor (Cooper), Best Actress (Lady Gaga) and Best Supporting Actor (Sam Elliott).
Cooper also spoke of his father Charles’ death in 2011 after a battle with lung cancer, and the impact it had on him.
"It was everything. It was the biggest gift he gave me. The second biggest gift — having me, bringing me into this life, and then him allowing me to be witness to his passing was equally as huge," Cooper said. "He was cradled in my arms and when he took his last breath, I honestly felt like it went into me and I’ve never seen anything the same since."
He added, "I stopped sweating stuff that I was sweating before that. It changed the way I was as an actor by like, the next day, and I just started to live my life in a different way. I’d seen someone die before, but losing my father that way, it changed everything."
Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations From Times Square will air on Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. ET on OWN.