Bradley Cooper has landed another major award for casting his pet dog in A Star is Born.
The actor and moviemaker has been honoured with a Best Director Oscat from officials at animal rights group PETA, who annually hand out film honours ahead of the Oscars to celebrate the movies and stars who promote “kindness to animals through positive actions, story lines, and the use of computer-generated imagery”.
Cooper lands the prize for choosing to cast his pet as his A Star is Born character’s dog rather than using one supplied by “a notorious animal exhibitor”.
Oscats have also been handed out to Winston Duke, who scores a Best Actor prize for his portrayal of vegetarian tribe leader M’Baku in Black Panther, which has won The Cat’s Meow award for its CGI panthers and rhinos.
Meanwhile, longtime animal rights proponent Natalie Portman wins Best Actress for her all-vegan wardrobe in Vox Lux, and her film Annihilation lands Best Stunt Team for its all-vegan crew.
Charlize Theron’s movie Tully has been named Birds’ Pick for its “educational anti-factory farming moments”, while the award for Best SeaWorld Side-Eye is a tie between Love, Simon, which featured a scene describing the way animals live at the themepark, and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which takes a strong anti-captivity stance.
“PETA’s Oscats show that fur and leather are dead, SeaWorld is considered the pits, vegan eating is exploding, and CGI is the future of film,” PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange tells WENN. “PETA is thrilled to recognise the people and projects behind Hollywood’s most significant animal rights advances of the year.”
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