Oscar nominations feel surreal, says Bradley Cooper

Bradley Cooper's Oscar nominations feel "surreal".

The 49-year-old star has received three individual nominations, including Best Actor, Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay for 'Maestro', his biographical romantic drama film, and Bradley has admitted to being overwhelmed by the recognition.

Speaking to Deadline's Pete Hammond, he shared: "I mean just first of all, it is the year itself, to be included in a year where there’s just such incredible films. And then when we were finishing the movie, there was a discussion of whether it would come out next year or this year, and I remember thinking that I knew the movies that were coming out.

"I thought it would just be amazing if we were ever so lucky to be in a mix with these films, and these performances so it’s a thrill. And for all the work that everybody put in, for many of us to be acknowledged, you know, Pete it’s like very surreal."

'Maestro' received seven nominations in total, and Bradley admitted that the number even exceeded his own expectations.

The Hollywood star - who also wrote and directed the project - said: "I really didn’t know that we were going to get anything thing, so the fact that we got seven nominations is incredible."

'Maestro' focuses on the relationship between composer Leonard Bernstein and his wife Felicia Montealegre, played by Carey Mulligan.

The 38-year-old star has been nominated for the Best Actress gong, and Bradley relished the experience of working with Carey.

He explained: "I’ve always been a huge fan of hers.

"I really do believe that she’s doing something even that I haven’t seen before, and that is what you hope as an actor to keep growing. And I’m excited to see what she’s gonna do next and I hope and pray I get to work with her again in my life."