For the second straight year, Philadelphia native Bradley Cooper will be up for an Academy Award. Last year, Cooper was up for the Philly-shot-and-set Silver Linings Playbook; he lost the Best Actor Oscar to shoo-in winner Daniel Day-Lewis. At the 86th Annual Academy Awards he’s up for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his work in American Hustle, the film loosely based on the FBI’s ABSCAM operation in the 1970s.
It’s been quite the rise for Cooper, who just a few years ago was best known as a star of comedy fare like The Hangover and the TV remake The A-Team (as well as worst-movie-ever contender All About Steve). Now he’s been in consecutive acclaimed films: Playbook was up for eight Academy Awards and won 1, while Hustle is up for 10. It’s tied with Gravity for the most nominations this year.
Nominated alongside Cooper are Barkhad Abdi in Captain Phillips, Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave, Jonah Hill in The Wolf of Wall Street and Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club.
Cooper’s next film is Serena, another on-screen pairing with Jennifer Lawrence. Cooper plays a timber baron in Depression-era North Carolina whose business is threatened when his wife can’t have children. It’s helmed by Danish director Susanne Bier, a 2010 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar-winner. It’s been a long trip for Cooper since playing the villain in Wedding Crashers.