Oscar nominations were announced early Tuesday (Jan. 22), and A Star Is Born received a total of eight nominations, including best picture, best adapted screenplay, best cinematography, best sound mixing, best actress (Lady Gaga), best original song (“Shallow”), best picture and best actor (Bradley Cooper). Additionally, Sam Elliott, who plays Cooper’s brother got his first-ever Oscar nomination after a 50-year career, going up against Mahershala Ali and Adam Driver for best supporting actor.
“I think the thing off the top of my head might be, ‘It’s about f—ing time,’” he joked to Deadline following the news. “Beyond that, it’s really about the work; it’s just about the creative process. It’s great to be recognized for that, that’s really all it’s about.”
Elliott began his career in 1969 with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and went on to star in Lee Hayden’s 2017 picture, The Hero. “I think my biggest takeaway is just how fortunate I am. Number one, to still be in the game, but to have an opportunity to work with two people like Bradley and Stefani (Lady Gaga), it’s just extraordinary,” he continued. “Fifty years into the game and all of a sudden to have anything to do with this, to be connected with a film like this, it’s just a wonderful gift.”