Male Gaze: Bradley Cooper’s Swept-Back Locks

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We first fell for his piercing blue eyes, perfectly tanned skin, and just-unbuttoned shirts when he played Phil in The Hangover. He even made our hearts palpitate while jogging around a Philly suburb in sweats and a trash bag in The Silver Linings Playbook. Okay, maybe not, but he definitely stole our hearts when he showed off his fancy footwork and flailed his arms alongside co-star Jennifer Lawrence. But it turns out the leading man, who found out today that he’s in the running for the Best Actor Academy Award, looked just as gorgeous before hitting it big. Here he is, pre-Oscar-buzz glory, with even longer dirty-blonde locks and the same bright eyes. From being an inquisitive fledgling actor on Inside the Actors Studio to making it to the Oscars — all we can say is, congratulations, icy-blue eyes, you’ve done well.