By Tim Stack
January 22, 2019 at 01:27 PM EST
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It was a somewhat mixed Oscar nominations morning for Warner Bros.’ A Star Is Born. The film landed eight nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Song for “Shallow.”

But Bradley Cooper was shockingly left out in the Best Director category. “I think that Bradley’s passion and vision and tireless hard work is represented in the eight nominations the movie got,” says Born producer Lynette Howell Taylor (Captain Fantastic). “No one would be nominated without him. It’s a wonderful year for movies. It’s a tough category, but it’s because of so many great movies. Of course, I would have loved him to have been recognized in that category but I really do believe that he’s been truly recognized in every other way because he’s the life and soul of this film.”

Taylor also had praise for stars Lady Gaga and Sam Elliott. Of the pop superstar, Taylor says, “She worked her ass off on this character. I feel like there’s literally nothing this woman could not do. She threw herself into this and really spent time preparing and building for this role and stripping herself down and doing something that no one believed she was capable of doing until we all witnessed it first time on set. She’s a revelation.”

Elliott landed his first nom after a 50-plus year career in Hollywood. “One of my favorite parts of this experience is getting to know him,” says the producer. “He’s such a gentleman and a wonderfully gracious individual. He’s so full of gratitude to Bradley and I think Bradley is so full of gratitude to him for saying yes to this. It’s really special he’s been nominated for this and so deserving.”

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