Clint Eastwood on Golden Globes snub: We didn't make 'American Sniper' for awards

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By Randee Dawn

A Clint Eastwood-directed movie starring Bradley Cooper should have been an easy target for award nominations. So why did the folks behind the Golden Globes completely ignore the pair's upcoming movie, "American Sniper"?

Don't ask Eastwood, who didn't seem too bothered by it when he and Cooper sat down with TODAY on Monday.

"We're not making the picture for awards," said the 84-year-old Eastwood, who has directed 33 other films. 

He added, "I don't know what they have an appetite for. They're usually sort of casting the red carpet, though I don't know why they wouldn't want [Cooper] on the red carpet. Myself, I can understand. But ... I don't really know where they're coming from."

"Sniper" is the tale of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, considered the deadliest sniper in American history with over 160 confirmed kills. Kyle was shot and killed on a shooting range in Texas in 2013.

Cooper and Eastwood developed a friendly rapport on the set, and the actor said that Eastwood has inspired him to go behind the camera himself at some point in the future.

"I always think about directing," Cooper said. "That's sort of what I love more than anything, is being in the trenches with a director and [helping] them ... any way I can to tell their story."

"If I hang out with [Cooper], he'll show me what to do," chuckled Eastwood. "It works out pretty good."

"American Sniper" will be in theaters on Dec. 25 in limited release, and goes wide Jan. 16.

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