Pitt won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Cliff Booth in Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, and instead of opening with a zinger like he did at the Golden Globes and SAG awards, he kicked off his acceptance speech by talking about the recent impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump.
“Thank you to the Academy for this honour of honours,” Pitt said. “They told me I only have 45 seconds up here which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week.”
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Former US national security adviser John Bolton was willing to testify against Mr Trump but the US Senate voted to acquit the President after voting not to summon witnesses.
Pitt continued to talk about the trial, saying: “I am thinking maybe Quentin (Tarantino) does a movie about it, and in the end, the adults do the right thing.”
The actor, who previously won an Oscar for producing 12 Years A Slave, went on to thank Tarantino, who directed Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.
“This really is about Quentin Tarantino,” he said holding up his Oscar. “You are original, you are one of a kind. The film industry would be a much dryer place without you, and I love the ethos you gave Cliff Booth: Look for the best in people, expect the worst, but look for the best.”
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He also thanked his co-star Leonardo DiCaprio, saying, “Leo, I will ride on your coat tails any day, man, the view is fantastic”.
Pitt was the favourite to win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar, but he said on stage that he was “a bit gobsmacked”.
“I am not one to look back but this has made me do so, and I think of my folks taking me to the drive-in and seeing Butch and Sundance and loading up the car and moving out here (to LA) and Gina and Ridley giving me my first shot.
“To all of the wonderful people I have met along the way, to stand here now, well, once upon a time in Hollywood, ain’t that the truth,” he said.
Pitt ended his speech by saying: “This is for my kids who colour everything I do. I adore you. Thank you.”
Pitt was asked backstage about his serious speech and told reporters: “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.”
He also denied a rumour that he’s been using a ghostwriter for his other acceptance speeches.
“I have some very, very funny friends who help me, but it’s got to come from the heart,” he said.