Brad Pitt took the stage Sunday night (Feb. 9) after winning his first-ever acting Oscar for his role in Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood. The actor beat out Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes), Joe Pesci (The Irishman), Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) and Al Pacino (The Irishman) for Best Supporting Actor.
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Usually known for his humor during his acceptance speeches, winning throughout the award circuit— taking home the Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA awards—Brad used this particular moment to get a bit more serious. The Ad Astra actor slammed the governmental process, after the Senate voted to not allow John Bolton and others to testify during the impeachment process.
“This is incredible. Really incredible. Thank you to the Academy for this honor of honors. They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week,” Brad said to kick off his speech. “I’m thinking maybe Quentin [Tarantino] does a movie about it and in the end, the adults do the right thing.”
It was a short but powerful mention as Brad went on to praise the director of his film, Quentin Tarantino. “This really is about Quentin Jerome Tarantino,” he said. “You are original. You are one of a kind. The film industry would be a much drier place without you.”
This was Brad’s first acting Oscar. He previously won as a producer for Best Picture in 2014 for 12 Years a Slave. The handsome actor has been nominated before—Best Supporting Actor 12 Monkeys, Best Actor The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Best Actor and Best Picture (producer) Moneyball, Best Picture The Big Short (producer) — but has never won for his acting career.
Congratulations to Brad on his win.