Cooper's three-time nomination feat was last achieved more than a decade ago by Renee Zellweger. (Reuters/Mario Anzuoni)
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Bradley Cooper could make it third time lucky at the Oscars this month, after being nominated a rare three consecutive times for Hollywood's highest awards.The 40-year-old is shortlisted for best actor for his role in the controversial blockbuster "American Sniper" as former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, one of America's most famous warriors in the second Iraq war.It follows his nod in the same category for "Silver Linings Playbook" in 2013, and one for best supporting actor for "American Hustle" last year – a three-time feat last achieved more than a decade ago by Renee Zellweger (2001-2003).Cooper is hoping to sneak up on the two front-runners to pick off the prize at the Feb. 22 Academy Awards.Cooper, who was briefly married in 2006-2007 and has dated "Bridget Jones" actress Zellweger, repeated the trick with "The Hangover Part II" in 2011, the same year he was named "Sexiest Man Alive" by People magazine.
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