As expected, William Bradley Pitt took home his first acting Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. Surprisingly during his speech, Brad didn’t propose to Jennifer Aniston on stage and tell her that he can’t wait for their child to arrive. No, that Jennifer Aniston Redemption Tour is over now that he’s won his Oscar. Instead, Brad got political.
This isn’t 56-year-old Brad’s first Oscar. He won one for producing 12 Years A Slave, but it’s his first acting Oscar since getting into the business 30 years ago. When Brad got on stage to accept his award, he started off by dragging the Senate for refusing to hear witnesses in the impeachment trial of Trump:
“This is incredible, really incredible… They told me I only had 45 seconds this year, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week… I’m thinking maybe Quentin [Tarantino] does a movie about it. In the end, the adults do the right thing.”
Brad gave love to Quentin, saying he was “one of a kind,” and that:
“The film industry would be a much drier place without you.”
And have less N-words in it. Brad also had high praise for his OUATIH co-star Leonardo DiCaprio saying he would “ride on your coattails any day.”
Brad caught feelings toward the end of his acceptance speech, remembering how he would go to the drive-in with his parents and how he packed up his car and moved out to Hollywood to make it big, getting a break in Thelma & Louise from Geena Davis and Ridley Scott saying:
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood… ain’t that the truth.”
Brad ended his speech by thanking his kids who “color everything I do.”
Talking to the press after the acceptance, Page Six says Brad addressed how people have been thinking he’s been using speech writers this awards season:
“Historically, I’ve always been really tentative about speeches, like, they make me nervous… So this–this round, I figured if we’re going to do this–like, put some, like, some real work into it and try to get comfortable, and this is the result of that…. No, I definitely write them. I have some funny friends. I have some very, very funny friends that helped me with some laughs, but, no, it’s, you know, it’s got to come from the heart… For me, it was just about getting cozy, you know, up in front of a mass of people. I know that sounds antithetical given the profession I’ve chosen, but it’s not necessarily my thing. So that’s probably what I’ll remember.”
Brad also let us know he was dead serious about the Senate stuff:
“I was really disappointed with this week. I think when gamesmanship trumps doing the right thing… I don’t think we should let that slide. I’m very serious about that.”
Okay Brad, lead that resistance! And since Brad cares about doing what’s right, maybe he can start in his own house, specifically the shitty Lower Ninth Ward houses that are allegedly killing people. Just a thought!
Here’s Brad at the Oscars: