According to people.com, PETA's Film and Television Division on Tuesday awarded Cooper the 'Oscat' award "for his enlightened decision to cast his own canine companion in 'A Star Is Born' rather than using one supplied by a notorious animal exhibitor".
Cooper cast Charlie as his dog in the self-directed musical drama, which also stars Lady Gaga, because they already had the bond he wanted to portray on the big screen.
Cooper and Gaga are nominated for Oscars as well for their roles in "A Star Is Born", which has been nominated for the Best Picture. Cooper is not nominated in the directing category.
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