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Bradley Cooper responds to Will Smith calling him ‘so beautiful’ at the National Board of Review

Many of the brightest stars in Hollywood headed out for a night in New York City, honoring some of the best films of the year at the National Board of Review Awards.

Will Smith was honored for playing Serena and Venus Williams’ father Richard Williams in King Richard, and during his speech about the dreams of every parent, turned his attention to Bradley Cooper, who he called, ‘so beautiful.’

Cooper was on hand to present the Breakthrough Performance Award to his Licorice Pizza co-stars Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman, and he responded when taking the stage.

Will’s speech: Will Smith was honored for playing Serena and Venus Williams’ father Richard Williams in King Richard, and during his speech about the dreams of every parent, turned his attention to Bradley Cooper, who he called, ‘so beautiful’

Response: Cooper was on hand to present the Breakthrough Performance Award to his Licorice Pizza co-stars Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman, and he responded when taking the stage

Response: Cooper was on hand to present the Breakthrough Performance Award to his Licorice Pizza co-stars Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman, and he responded when taking the stage

Smith was presented the award by Trevor Noah, continuing his impressive run of acting accolades leading up to the Oscars on March 27.

Smith was talking about his character Richard Williams, saying, ‘When he put the clothes on, he was trying to play a role for the world. … He felt like he deserved a certain amount of respect.’

‘That dream of a parent for his children. And we all have that thing in us: We have a dream and it seems crazy, the thing that you want to do,’ he continued before turning to Cooper.  

Trevor and Will: Smith was presented the award by Trevor Noah, continuing his impressive run of acting accolades leading up to the Oscars on March 27

Trevor and Will: Smith was presented the award by Trevor Noah, continuing his impressive run of acting accolades leading up to the Oscars on March 27

Dream: Smith was talking about his character Richard Williams, saying, 'When he put the clothes on, he was trying to play a role for the world. … He felt like he deserved a certain amount of respect'

Dream: Smith was talking about his character Richard Williams, saying, ‘When he put the clothes on, he was trying to play a role for the world. … He felt like he deserved a certain amount of respect’

‘I look at Bradley Cooper. I’ve seen pictures of him when he was young. He didn’t look like this! He grew into that! He let the dream blossom inside of him! I can’t even concentrate, he’s so beautiful,’ Smith said in his speech.

When Cooper got to the stage, he glanced at Smith and said, ‘I’m not gonna forget that, Will.”

The National Board of Review winners were announced back in December, with the winners originally set to be feted in January.

Beautiful: 'I look at Bradley Cooper. I've seen pictures of him when he was young. He didn't look like this! He grew into that! He let the dream blossom inside of him! I can't even concentrate, he's so beautiful,' Smith said in his speech

Beautiful: ‘I look at Bradley Cooper. I’ve seen pictures of him when he was young. He didn’t look like this! He grew into that! He let the dream blossom inside of him! I can’t even concentrate, he’s so beautiful,’ Smith said in his speech

However the ceremony was pushed due to the omicron variant of COVID-19, held Wednesday at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.  

Smith has won practically every Best Actor award throughout awards season, a run which may very likely culminate in his first Oscar.

He has won the Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics Choice and Screen Actors Award for his portrayal of Richard Williams.

Best Actor: Smith has won practically every Best Actor award throughout awards season, a run which may very likely culminate in his first Oscar

Best Actor: Smith has won practically every Best Actor award throughout awards season, a run which may very likely culminate in his first Oscar

He is nominated for the Best Actor Oscar, going up against Andrew Garfield (tick, tick… BOOM!), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog), Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth) and Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos).

He is also nominated for Best Picture as a producer of King Richard, and he was also nominated for The Pursuit of Happyness and Ali.

Cooper is also nominated for Best Picture as well, as a producer of Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley. 

Nominated: He is nominated for the Best Actor Oscar, going up against Andrew Garfield (tick, tick... BOOM!), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog), Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth) and Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos)

Nominated: He is nominated for the Best Actor Oscar, going up against Andrew Garfield (tick, tick… BOOM!), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog), Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth) and Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos)

Producer: Cooper is also nominated for Best Picture as well, as a producer of Guillermo del Toro's Nightmare Alley

Producer: Cooper is also nominated for Best Picture as well, as a producer of Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley

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