- Brad Pitt won the Oscar for best actor in a supporting role for playing Cliff Booth in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”
- The actor paid tribute to the movie’s director, Quentin Tarantino, calling him “original” and “one of a kind.”
- He also gave a shoutout to his costar Leonardo Dicaprio, saying that “I’ll ride on your coattails any time.”
- Although the actor previously won an Academy Award for producing 2012 best picture winner “12 Years a Slave,” this is his first acting win at the awards show.
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Although the actor won his first Academy Award as a producer on the 2012 best picture winner “12 Years a Slave,” this is his first acting Oscar after over 30 years in the industry.
“Wow,” he said, “This is really incredible.”
The actor then got political, calling out the Trump impeachment trial for blocking former national security adviser John Bolton’s testimony.
“They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week,” he said on stage. “I’m thinking maybe Quentin does a movie about it — in the end, the adults do the right thing.”
Pitt went on to pay tribute to the director, adding, “Tarantino, you are original, you are one of a kind. The film industry would be a much drier place without you.”
He then gave a shoutout to his “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” costar Leonardo DiCaprio, who is nominated for Best Actor, saying, “I’ll ride on your coattails any day, man. The view’s fantastic.”
The actor also used his speech to call for an Oscar category for stunts.
“While we’re doing all this, I think it’s time we give a little love to our stunt coordinators and our stunt crews,” Pitt said.
He closed his acceptance speech by dedicating the award to his kids, who “color everything I do.”
Pitt has run the gamut this awards season, also winning a Golden Globe, BAFTA Film Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, and more. His speeches this awards season have also gone viral, like when he called costar DiCaprio “LDC” at the Golden Globes or joked about being on Tinder at the SAG Awards.
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” was also nominated for nine other Academy Awards: best picture, production design, cinematography, costume design, sound mixing and sound editing, director and original screenplay for Tarantino, and actor in a leading role for Leonardo DiCaprio.
Pitt’s Oscars acceptance speech is below.