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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Bradley Cooper: I thought actors were giants

Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper feels the Oscars have become “smaller” as he’s grown older.

The star is up for an Academy Award for best actor thanks to his turn as Pat in Silver Linings Playbook.

The 38-year-old says watching the awards ceremony was literally a big deal for him as a child.

“I remember that the Oscars always seemed larger,” he laughed to the BBC.

“The older I get, the smaller it seems. When I was a kid, it seemed like it was in the Colosseum or something and they were all ten feet tall.”

On February 24 Bradley will be battling it out against Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix and Denzel Washington for the coveted best actor prize.

The Hollywood hunk feels honoured to be nominated and will be taking a special guest along on the night.

“It's pretty surreal. I grew up watching the Oscars. I don't think I've missed one. I'm 38, I've probably seen 30 Oscars. So the fact I'm going to go as a nominee, especially in this category, and taking my mom with me, I'm really going to relish the night,” he smiled.

“Early on, I remember [my mom] said, 'If you ever get nominated are you bringing me?'”

Bradley studied English at university and only afterwards began his acting career.

Despite being the only one in his immediate family to choose the line of work, he remembers everyone gathering around to watch the Academy Awards.

“It was a huge event. We were a very cinematically-minded family and everybody was around the TV for the Oscars,” he reminisced.

The ceremony will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane and also sees Bradley’s Silver Linings Playbook co-star Jennifer Lawrence nominated in the best actress category.

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