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Bradley Cooper at the 2014 Oscar Nominees Luncheon

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The 2014 Oscar Nominees Luncheon took place Feb. 10 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Nominees gathered to have lunch, pose for photos, receive their official Academy Award nomination certificate, and do interviews. (The 86th annual Oscar ceremony takes place March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. ABC has the live U.S. telecast of the show at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST.) Here is what this Oscar nominee said when doing a brief press conference interview in the Oscar Nominees Luncheon’s press room.

BRADLEY COOPER

Nominated for:
Best Supporting Actor
(“American Hustle”)

Do you plan on bringing any lucky trinket to the Oscars this year?

That’s a good idea. I have to think about that. Any suggestions?

Are there any Oscar nominees this year you’d like to hang out with or meet?

There’s a lot of great people nominated this year. I wish Tom Hanks was in there. It’s kind of crazy that he’s not. I’d like to hang out with him.

You seem so appreciative of your success. Why is it so surprising and joyous for you?

I don’t know how to answer that question. To me, it’s just the obvious answer. It would be hard not to [be appreciative]. I get to do the things I dreamt of as a kid, working now with Clint Eastwood, about to do another movie.

I am absolutely living the dream. I got to work twice with David O. Russell. I’m going to work with Cameron Crowe in the fall. I can’t believe it.

And to be able to be involved in this kind of thing [the Oscar nominees luncheon] two years in a row? I just keep waiting for them to take me away and say, “I’m sorry, sir. What are you doing here?”

A lot of Oscar nominees seem to have a sense of entitlement, but you don’t.

Maybe it was the way I was raised. I don’t know how to answer that. I can only speak from my own experience.

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