However, it wasn’t until 2011 that Cooper’s acting really made critics take note. His performance that year in thriller Limitless earned generally positive reviews, for instance. And in 2012 the actor scored an Oscar nomination for playing the lead in Silver Linings Playbook alongside Jennifer Lawrence.
There then followed several more Oscar nominations, including nods for American Sniper and American Hustle. In 2014, in fact, he became only the tenth star ever to be in the running for an Academy Award for three years in a row. And now the actor is up for three Oscars for his work on A Star Is Born. The movie itself is also nominated in a total of eight categories.