If Sean Penn gets his way, we’ll all be taking another look at A Star Is Born, come Oscar night.
Penn penned (I know, I know, I’m sorry) an op-ed for Deadline, praising Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut as “the most successful contemporary love story of all time” and declaring that “in a fair world,” A Star Is Born would sweep the Oscars.
“Its art neither panders to the politics of the day, nor dazzles with the deceptions so many delight in,” Penn writes. “It’s the hard-messy stuff of love and life, of dreams and addictions, and yet we, its audience, walk away feeling less alone. In these silly-ass soul damaging times, a film like A Star is Born brings people together without saccharine, sugar, or salesmanship. It is the achievement of one artist who had the courage to stand naked and jump from the edge of a vertical cliff, bringing his whole cast and crew with him, and simultaneously catch their fall. It’s a triumph.”
A Star Is Born is up for eight Oscars in all, earning nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor for Cooper, Best Actress for Lady Gaga, Best Supporting Actor for Sam Elliott, and more. (It’s probably a safe bet that Penn has some feelings about Cooper’s snub in the director’s category.)
Penn — who himself has won two acting Oscars for Mystic River and Milk — closed out his column by saying that although there are “many really good films and performances nominated this year,” the other nominees simply can’t compare with what Penn calls “one of my favorite films of all time.”
“In the end, the apples and oranges of film competition, and the inequity of advertising budgets has always left the Academy Awards with some inevitable aftertaste of the alcohol most of us have to drink to get through them,” he concludes. “To spare myself potential disappointment, I’m raising a glass in advance to Bradley Cooper and A Star is Born. Surely a raised glass is as legitimate as a globe of gilded gold or a male statuette minus a penis (also gold gilded). God forbid it have balls this year!”