*SPOILER ALERT for A Star Is Born*
Bradley Cooper may have been snubbed for an Oscar nomination this year for directing duties on A Star is Born, but People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) saw him worthy of an exclusive award.
On Tuesday, the animal rights organization’s Film & Television Division consoled Cooper by bestowing him with the honor of the “Oscat.”
As the movie’s director, PETA recognized Cooper “for his enlightened decision to cast his own canine companion in A Star is Born rather than using one supplied by a notorious animal exhibitor.”
— TheWrap (@TheWrap) February 12, 2019
The actor’s pet Charlie was always his first choice to play the top dog in the musical drama.
During the Los Angeles premiere of A Star is Born, Cooper, who also starred opposite of Lady Gaga as the troubled musician, Jackson Maine, told People:
“There was no nepotism — I wanted this relationship with the dog. [Jackson and Ally] don’t have a child together but they have a dog together, and I wanted it to be part of their story. I love dogs.”
In "A Star Is Born" Bradley Cooper struck a compassionate chord by refusing to use a dog supplied by abusive training facilities and casting his own dog Charlie instead! #AStarIsBorn #PETAOscats pic.twitter.com/FBMoSC0VIv
— PETA (@peta) February 13, 2019
The rescue dog being a part of Cooper’s pet project holds special significance for the actor since Charlie is named after his late father, Charles Cooper, who was a stockbroker for Merrill Lynch.
He died in 2011 after losing his battle with lung cancer.
“That meant a lot for him to be in the film,” added Cooper.
A Star is Born audiences won’t forget Charlie’s gut-wrenching performance when he was present during Jackson Maine’s death scene.
I just saw a star is born and if you’re planning on seeing it you should know there is a scene where a very good dog is very sad and I cried for the rest of the movie.
— Lauren “SPORTS” Siegert (@ljs39) October 7, 2018
So I just found out Bradley Cooper’s dog in the movie is his real life dog. Someone give that dog an Oscar. I can’t handle this. I’m ruined #AStarIsBornMovie
— J (@detroitwaves) October 7, 2018
I swear, if Bradley Cooper’s dog doesn’t win Best Supporting Actor this year I’m gonna drop out of film school pic.twitter.com/ue3rSrD66z
— Parmesan Goblin (@slylingual24) October 7, 2018
Seeing a star is born again three times this week because I fucking love that dog.
— Josh 🇨🇦🇮🇹 (@Josh_Pasquale) October 8, 2018
The Academy Award for Best Good Boy goes to…
Charlie, A Star Is Born pic.twitter.com/PQeHa8iHzx
— ben rueter (@BenRueter) October 8, 2018
Cooper wasn’t the sole recipient of PETA’s Oscat award.
Greg Berlanti and J.A. Bayona tied for the “Best SeaWorld Side-Eye” award for their films Love, Simon and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom respectively.
The award recognized both films for their raising awareness of animals in captivity: Simon for a “really sad” depiction of how animals live in SeaWorld and Kingdom for its anti-captivity themes.
Other accolades included “The Cat’s Meow” for Winston Duke for his portrayal of vegetarian tribe leader M’Baku in Black Panther and the “Bird’s Pick” for Tully for “raising awareness about the plight of chickens on meat farms.”
didn't know about PETA "Oscat" Awards but wow, it is absolutely wonderful to recognize art that involves animals, treating them with kindness and love! bravo @peta! And congrats to Bradley Cooper for winning as Best Director! Charlie made me cry while watching the film! ❤
— Greg August (@iamgregaugust) February 13, 2019
Cooper opened up about missing out on a Best Director nomination on Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations from Times Square podcast.
He explained that he is never surprised about not getting a nomination.
“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.”
“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.”
Doggone it, Bradley!
You’re still, paws down, a winner to us all.
Charlie can vouch for us.