The four-time Academy Award nominee received the best-supporting actor accolade for his function as a stuntman in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” The win marked his first-ever Academy Award win for performing. He instantly took the stage and bought political by taking a jab at senators who voted in opposition to Democrats’ requests to name new witnesses within the impeachment trial, particularly former Nationwide Safety Adviser John Bolton, who claimed he was prepared to testify.
“They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week,” Pitt said. “I’m thinking maybe Quentin [Tarantino] does a movie about it. In the end, the adults do the right thing.”
No new witnesses had been known as in Trump’s impeachment trial, for which he was ultimately acquitted by the Senate in a vote throughout social gathering strains, aside from a lone Republican vote to convict coming from Sen. Mitt Romney.
Pitt had been anticipated to win the class after scooping up a sequence of honors this 12 months, together with on the Golden Globes and Display Actors Guild Awards. Pitt’s politically pushed tone was considerably totally different than earlier wins, the place he saved it mild with jokes and breezy speeches.
Talking backstage, the actor defined why he included a political jab in his Oscars acceptance speech.
“I used to be actually upset with this week,” he informed reporters (via IndieWire). “And I believe when gamesmanship trumps doing the suitable factor, it’s a tragic day and I don’t assume we should always let it slide, and I’m very critical about that.”
Pitt was extra somber on Sunday, calling his win “incredible” as his friends cheered.
The actor performs the stunt double of an getting old cowboy actor performed by Leonardo DiCaprio, a greatest actor nominee, in Quentin Tarantino’s 1969 Hollywood fable.
“‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ ain’t that the truth,” an emotional Pitt mentioned earlier than he thanked his kids, Tarantino and DiCaprio.
“I’ll ride on your coattails any day,” he concluded of his co-star. “The view’s fantastic.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.