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Bradley Cooper Just Won A Directing Award Thanks To His Dog

Bradley Cooper has finally picked up a nod for his directorial debut, 'A Star Is Born'.

But the award isn't an Emmy, Golden Globe, or even a BAFTA, it's an Oscat -- the prize awarded by PETA to films that promote kindness to critters on screen.

The animal rights group has praised Cooper's "enlightened decision" to cast his dog Charlie as the pooch of musos Jackson and Ally Maine in A Star Is Born. 

“Bradley Cooper’s happy, adorable, and much-loved dog steals the spotlight--and viewers’ hearts -- in this film because it’s clear that he loved being with his real-life ‘dad,'” PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange said in a statement.

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PETA celebrated the fact that Cooper nepotistically chose his own dog-son instead of casting a pooch that's repped by a Hollywood animal agency.

"PETA has witnessed so much abuse and neglect of dogs, both on and off set, that we’re hoping Cooper’s kind decision sets a precedent for all of Hollywood to follow," a statement from the organisation read.

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Other big winners at the Oscats included long-time animal rights activist Natalie Portman for her all-vegan wardrobe in Vox Lux and Winston Duke for his role as vegetarian tribe leader M'Baku in Black Panther. 

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