WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Brad Pitt got political on his first-ever Academy Award win for his role as the stuntman in Quentin Tarantino’s 1969 Hollywood fable “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”.
- Pitt’s Oscar’s acceptance speech took a shot at Republican senators over the acquittal of President Trump in his impeachment trial.
- Pitt says his 45-second acceptance speech is “45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week.”
Brad Pitt dissed Republican senators who voted against calling witnesses at President Trump’s impeachment trial after he won the first award of the 2020 Oscars.
The best-supporting actor accolade for his role as a stuntman in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” marked his first-ever Academy Award win for acting after having been previously nominated four times.
Pitt immediately got political on stage by taking a jab at senators who voted against Democrats’ appeals to call in new witnesses in the Trump’s impeachment trial, specifically former National Security Adviser John Bolton, who claimed he was willing 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.”
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 10, 2020
Throughout Trump’s impeachment trial, the Senate did not instigate any steps to call for new witnesses for whom the president was ultimately acquitted in a vote across party lines, except for one Republican vote to convict from Sen. Mitt Romney.
Since earning a number of awards, including the Screen Actor’s Guild and Golden Globes Awards, Pitt had been expected to win the category this year. Compared to these previous wins, where the actor kept the mood light with jokes and breezy speeches, his Oscars acceptance speech is with a politically driven tone.
The actor explained backstage why his Oscars acceptance speech included a political dig.
Brad Pitt backstage at the #Oscars talking about what prompted the political reference in his speech: “I was really disappointed with this week…I don’t think we should let it slide. I’m very serious about that.” pic.twitter.com/OlQA2cLQCC
— IndieWire (@IndieWire) February 10, 2020
“I was really disappointed with this week,” Pitt told IndieWire. “And I think when gamesmanship trumps doing the right thing, it’s a sad day and I don’t think we should let it slide, and I’m very serious about that.”
Pitt called his win “incredible” as his peers cheered on Sunday, appearing more somber.
The actor was cast in Quentin Tarantino’s 1969 Hollywood fable as the stunt double of an aging cowboy actor played by best actor nominee Leonardo DiCaprio.
“‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ ain’t that the truth,” Pitt said emotionally before he thanked his children, Tarantino and DiCaprio.
“I’ll ride on your coattails any day,” he concluded of his co-star. “The view’s fantastic.”
Source: Fox News