​Bradley Cooper’s Dog Charlie Helps Win Him Win PETA ‘Oscat’ Award For A Star is Born

Bradley Cooper may have a few Oscar nominations up his sleeve for A Star is Born - which he not only starred in, but also directed and created original music for - but those nods pale in comparison to the award he's just won: an 'Oscat'.

That's right, while he's not actually up for the Best Director gong at the 2019 Academy Awards, he has got himself a Best Director Oscat form PETA for his 'enlightened decision' to cast his own dog, Charlie, in A Star is Born, rather than using one supplied by an animal exhibitor.

Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga and Charlie the Dog. Credit: Warner Bros
Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga and Charlie the Dog. Credit: Warner Bros

The Best Actor went to Winston Duke for his 'punchy one-liners as vegetarian tribe leader M'Baku' in Black Panther - which also won The Cat's Meow award for its CGI panthers and rhinos.

Natalie Portman won the Best Actress accolade for her all-vegan wardrobe in Vox Lux, and Anniliation won the Best Stunt Team Oscat for its all-vegan crew.

Tully was named Birds' Pick for its educational anti-factory farming moments, and the award for Best Sea World Side-Eye ended up as a tie between Love, Simon and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - the latter taking a strong anti-captivity stance.

"PETA's Oscats show that fur and leather are dead, SeaWorld is considered the pits, vegan eating is exploding, and CGI is the future of film," says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange.

"PETA is thrilled to recognize the people and projects behind Hollywood's most significant animal rights advances of the year."

Speaking to People during the Los Angeles premiere for A Star is Born, Cooper explained he'd wanted to cast his four-legged pal in the musical drama because they already had the bond he wanted to portray on screen.

Bradley Cooper at the BAFTA awards recently. Credit: PA
Bradley Cooper at the BAFTA awards recently. Credit: PA

"There was no nepotism - I wanted this relationship with the dog," he said.

"[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."

Cooper joked that Charlie has now hit the big time and even has an agent.

"I don't talk to him much anymore," Cooper jokes. "He doesn't return my calls. He always walks away from me unless I have food."

Bradley Cooper, meanwhile, is also up for the Best Actor Oscar, while A Star is Born has also been nominated for the Best Picture and Best Adapted screenplay awards.

Let's face it, though, now that he has his Oscat, who cares if he wins those or not?

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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