Bradley Cooper has gone in just a few years from being just another handsome actor in box office hits like "The Hangover" to being nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for his role in "Silver Linings Playbook."

"I will take my mother to the Oscars and I will enjoy every second of the ceremony," Cooper said in an interview with Efe.

Cooper heads into the Oscars ceremony on Feb. 24 as one of the nominees but not as a favorite.

"I'm in the clouds ... not just over competing with Daniel Day Lewis, but also Denzel Washington, Joaquin Phoenix, Hugh Jackman ... and I believe I forgot one," the actor said.

Cooper, who admitted that Daniel Day Lewis was his favorite actor, said he still could not believe he was in such esteemed company.

The actor, who starred in "Limitless" and "The A-Team," took his career in a new direction with the role of Pat Solitano, a young man who is released from a psychiatric institution after attacking his wife's lover and vows to change his life.

"I hope this film helps take away the stigma from mental illness," Cooper said. EFE