Bradley Cooper’s labradoodle tipped to break Oscars ‘fur ceiling’

A labradoodle hoping not to get papped.
Will a dog finally win an Oscar? ©Tim Mossholder. Unsplash

Charlie Cooper, the labradoodle who lives with actor Bradley Cooper, has been tipped for a 2019 Best Supporting Actor Oscar amidst wide-spread public acclaim. He would be the first dog to win an Academy Award.

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The dog has received great write-ups for his role in roommate Bradley’s new film, A Star Is Born. The human actor-director reputedly cast Charlie alongside himself to capitalize on their unique chemistry, as well as Charlie’s acting skills. Lady Gaga also stars; all in all, there’s not much room left on screen for charisma-vacuum Bradley.

Award-winning dogs of showbiz

There’s no biscuits like showbiscuits, or so they say. But an award would be a definite boost for young Charlie. Cooper Snr. has already pushed Charlie out of the limelight to collect a Compassion in Film Award. PETA minted this brand new prize especially in response to the director’s decision to cast his own dog in the movie.

No dog has ever won an Oscar, despite calls for a posthumous statuette for silent-era pup-star Rin Tin Tin. This jazz-age German Shepherd actually received the most Best Actor votes ahead of the 1929 awards. But he was cruelly snubbed by the Academy in an act of interspecies discrimination.

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Dogs of art-house cinema celebrated

Canine talent has fared better at Cannes. A panel of international film critics has presented the Palm Dog award – modelled after Cannes’ Palme D’Or for best movie – every year since 2001. It has even been won by an electronically-generated dog (Up, 2009). On more than one occasion, the award has gone to multiple dogs in ensemble casts.

But even as other marginalised groups break down barriers in America’s biggest movie award ceremony, the ‘fur ceiling’ remains in place for dogs. Despite his popular appeal, it seems unlikely Charlie will be considered eligible by the academy.

The best thing that could happen now would be for actor Sam Elliott, Charlie’s co-star and rival for the Best Supporting Actor Statue, to speak up on behalf of the canine actors of Hollywood.

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John is a filmmaker and freelance writer. Specialising in leadership, digital media and personal growth, his passions include world cinema and biscuits. He grew up with a golden Labrador named Abba (both of them were children of the '70s) and is nicknamed "G-Dog" for his dogly approach to life. He lives in London but is always on the move.