Bradley Cooper and his pet dog win PETA's 'Oscat' Award for their work in 'A Star Is Born'. Cooper cast his dog in the film for the sweetest reason.
Bradley Cooper just missed out on being nominated for the Oscars in the 'Best Director' category. However, PETA made things slightly better when they announced that Cooper and his pet dog won the 'Oscat' award in the same category. The Oscats are awards that are given to movies and stars who have stood up for animals in the year. These awards are given out by PETA. The animal rights group’s Film and Television Division bestowed Tuesday its second annual crop of awards to all the films and Hollywood stars who promoted kindness, safety, and love for animals through the storylines in the film and/or through the use of animation in place of using live creatures in their films. Bradley Cooper took the award for the Best Director 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.” The actor-director gave his dog, Charlie, a role in the film and said that the little pup was indeed a great actor.
With all of the animal cruelty and pet abandonment that is going on in the world, people really needed to watch movies that promote the protection of animals and kindness towards them. Almost every single day there are reports regarding animal cruelty and such cases have not reduced by much despite the enforcement of new laws that protect the rights of animals, that have come up in the last couple of years. The movie A Star Is Born, shows the lead characters, Jackson Maine (Cooper) and Ally (Lady Gaga) adopting a dog together. It promotes everything that animal lovers stand for.
His dog was happy, adorable, & received a LOT of love on AND off set ❤️— PETA (@peta) October 4, 2018
PETA is awarding actor Bradley Cooper for using his own dog in #AStarIsBornMovie instead of one supplied by a notorious Hollywood animal exhibitor. https://t.co/BMtIQvBQ5N pic.twitter.com/ZepL21njRR
“There was no nepotism — I wanted this relationship with the dog,” Cooper told PEOPLE of the decision to cast Charlie during the film’s Los Angeles premiere. “[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 related heavily with his character's choice to adopt a dog and thought it would be best for him to cast his own pet. He shares a special connection with Charlie and this is very well shown in the movie (and off camera). Charlie was named after Cooper's father who passed away in 2011 due to lung cancer.
This makes so much sense. When I watched the scene of Jackson playing in the yard with the dog, I could not figure out how the trainer got the dog to show such chemistry with Bradley.— Christopher M. Jones (@bluepoet3) October 11, 2018
Charlie has a very important role in the film and appears in most of the major scenes as the relationship between the two musicians, Ally and Jackson, grows stronger. He is a big part of their relationship too. In fact, Charlie is also a key element in the super emotional climax of the film. Bradley Cooper said that his dog is truly a "good actor". He even mentioned that the entire cast played with Charlie an awful lot while filming. The 43-year-old notes that Charlie has started to act like a diva after his big break. “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.”
Now I want to see this movie even more!!— ❅ ƐммαLεε ❅ (@iFangirlLots) October 4, 2018
Cooper even mentioned that Charlie now has an agent of his own. Looks like the little pooch is all set to give his old man some serious competition in the future. If the casting goes based on how cute the actors are, sorry Bradley but Charlie is probably going to bag all the roles. However, Charlie isn't the only one in the film from Cooper's inner circle. The actor revealed that “so many of the people in this movie are people I’ve known forever.” The character of Tommy is played by “Gabe Fazio, who I went to grad school with,” Cooper said. “Derek Jones. My ear doctor is the doctor in the movie, Dr. Slattery … so why not Charlie?” Charlie definitely stole the show though.
While talking about Charlie's acting skills, Cooper told AOL "I could have brought him on set anyway, but he's a great actor." Regarding the method Charlie used, Cooper said, "I just told him where to go, and he did the rest." Recently, Charlie earned his first review as an actor. On Thursday, Lisa Lange, the vice president of animal rights group PETA, said in a statement that "Bradley Cooper's happy, adorable and much-loved dog steals the spotlight — and viewers' hearts — in this film because it's clear that he loved being with his real-life 'dad.'"
Lange added that "PETA has witnessed so much abuse and neglect of dogs, both on and off set, that we’re hoping Cooper’s kind decision (to cast his own dog) sets a precedent for all of Hollywood to follow.” In an effort to encourage that, the organization has given the star their Compassion in Film award for his work with Charlie. Now that Charlie has tasted all this success, let's just hope that he doesn't stop here and he plays a part in many more movies in the future. We wouldn't be surprised if he bags a lead in the very next movie that he is cast in.
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
Other 2019 Oscat winners include Best Actress victor Natalie Portman (whose radical pop star transformation for Vox Lux featured an all-vegan wardrobe designed by Keri Lee Doris) and Best Actor champion Winston Duke (who plays vegetarian tribe leader M’Baku in Black Panther). Greg Berlanti’s 'Love, Simon' and J.A. Bayona’s 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' tied for the “Best SeaWorld Side-Eye” award that was given to projects that helped in raising awareness regarding animals that are held in captivity. Simon for including a scene that describes the way animals live at SeaWorld as “really sad” and Kingdom for its anti-captivity themes.
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