‘A Star Is Born’s Sam Elliott Has “No Illusions” About His Own Award Chances; Praises Bradley Cooper’s “Genius”

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As the gravel-voiced king of the all-American character, Sam Elliott has reverberated with onscreen charisma ever since 1969 when he landed a bit part in that ultimate piece of Americana, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. So it's not entirely surprising that Bradley Cooper famously 'stole' Elliott's iconic voice for the role of hat-wearing, hard-drinking country singer Jackson Maine in A Star is Born. Then it only made sense that Cooper would lobby hard to get Elliott…