Brad Pitt honors Bradley Cooper at Santa Barbara Film Festival

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Brad Pitt and Bradley Cooper at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival Photo Credit: 2024 Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for SBIFF

Actor Brad Pitt took home one of the Santa Barbara Film Festival’s top honors, Outstanding Performer of the Year, for playing Leonard Bernstein in the biopic to his friend and actor Bradley Cooper. artist,

Respecting Cooper, Pitt humorously praised him. He joked that the two had “a few things in common”, including “being a movie superstar and also having a name”. People informed of.

He further said that there was something special about Cooper after seeing his work. hangover, “You’ll see more outrageous Alan [Zach Galifianakis] The more you get, the more you fill [Cooper] Enjoying that disrespect. It is subtle. It’s often off to the side of the frame, but it’s there and it’s interesting, and I know it sounds weird, but I was looking at it and I know no one else would bring it to the table. And this was something fresh. I knew this guy was going to be around,” Pitt said.

Pitt then talked about Cooper’s directorial debut in 2018, a star is born, in which the actor both acted in and wrote the screenplay. ,[It’s] In a movie that’s been made a few times, this one is really well made, so the bar is very high, and yet he’s able to bring in his performance where he’s able to act drunk when he breaks down. And still keeps an eye on the crew to see the time when you know he’s got the tape and you can move on.”

Pitt said, “To do that really, really well is nothing short of perfection.”

Pitt then shared thoughts on Cooper’s most recent work. he called artist described as “a masterwork” and particularly a scene between Cooper and his co-star Carey Mulligan, who plays the late composer-conductor’s wife, Felicia Montealegre, as “alive, moving and very natural”.

“It’s really, really difficult to achieve. And yes, it requires great actors but it also requires great production. Now I won’t say that I know for sure that’s at the core of Bradley’s talent. What the heck, but I’m going to make an effort take a stab at it. I think it’s his fierce love for this little thing we call the human experience and all of its struggles and joys and messes. My man. There’s this, he doesn’t shy away from any evidence and I think that’s what he puts himself in, whatever frame he puts on the screen,” Pitt said.

Pitt concluded his speech by sharing his hopes for Cooper’s success at the upcoming Oscars artist is up for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Mulligan for Best Actress, and Cooper (shared with co-writer Josh Singer) for Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay.

Pitt called Cooper “the one and only Bradley,” saying, “He’s been nominated 12 times and I really hope this is his year because he’s interested, but if it’s not, well, everybody knows. That it’s just a matter of time.” ,” before joking, “And actually Brad’s fine, he’s fine. He is used to it. He’s a Philadelphia Eagles fan.”

Cooper presented Pitt with the Best Supporting Actor award four years after Pitt presented his honor to Cooper Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood At the National Board of Review annual awards ceremony in January 2020

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