'American Sniper' star Bradley Cooper.
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The war drama, based on the biography of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, has racked up six Oscar nominations, including best picture and best actor for star Bradley Cooper.The film is in many ways an old-fashioned kind of Hollywood hit: built on star power, Oscar buzz and a largely adult audience – 63 percent of whom are over 25 years old. The success has made Eastwood's film a flashpoint in Hollywood, Washington, and everywhere in between, sweeping "Sniper" into the culture wars in which the 84-year-old director has sometimes engaged. Most Hollywood heartland hits – like the recent "Unbroken" or "The Last Temptation of the Christ," one of the films "Sniper" surpassed to become the biggest R-rated drama debut – have capitalized on faith-based audiences.Eastwood has held that "Sniper" is an apolitical character study about Kyle, who is considered the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history.
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