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Brad Pitt Back On Top With Best Supporting Actor Oscar Win

Brad Pitt accepts the Actor in a Supporting Role award for ‘Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood’ onstage in the course of the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 09, 2020, in Hollywood, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFP


Brad Pitt’s Oscar win on Sunday marks a becoming comeback for the veteran actor whose private life, quite than his on-screen roles, has dominated headlines in recent times.

Pitt received the golden statuette for his position as a laid-back fading stuntman in Quentin Tarantino’s ode to Sixties Tinseltown, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.”

“This is incredible, really incredible,” the 56-year-old stated as he accepted the award — his first Academy Award for appearing after greater than 30 years in showbiz and three earlier efficiency nominations.

“They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week,” he stated, in reference to President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.

“I’m thinking maybe Quentin does a movie about it — in the end, the adults do the right thing.”

His quips had been the newest in a string of pithy, usually humorous speeches delivered as he swept a glut of prizes this award season together with a Golden Globe, concentrating on all the things from divorce to Prince Harry.

On Sunday, he bested a crowded subject of 4 former Oscar winners — Joe Pesci and Al Pacino for Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” Anthony Hopkins (“The Two Popes”) and Tom Hanks (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”).

But it was not his first Oscar — he received a greatest image prize in 2014 as one of many producers of “12 Years a Slave.”

Pitt’s efficiency in “Once Upon a Time…” earned him rave critiques, with Britain’s Sunday Times describing it as one of the best by a film star in 2019.

The award is a well-earned win for the Hollywood heartthrob, who has saved a low profile since 2016 as he went by a messy divorce with Angelina Jolie and a bitter custody battle over their six kids.

Pitt confronted accusations of kid abuse, heavy consuming, and drug use.

Since then, he has talked at size about getting sober and attending Alcoholics Anonymous conferences for a 12 months and a half after having “taken things as far as I could take” them.

“This is for my kids who color everything I do. I adore you,” he stated Sunday.

Even earlier than his relationship with Jolie, Pitt has endured the fixed tabloid highlight — particularly throughout his engagement to Gwyneth Paltrow and subsequent marriage to Jennifer Aniston.

“In the 90s, all that attention really threw me,” Pitt instructed The New York Times in an interview final 12 months.

“It was really uncomfortable for me, the cacophony of expectations and judgments. I really became a bit of a hermit and just bonged myself into oblivion.”

Focus on producing

Raised in Springfield, Missouri, Pitt was the eldest of three kids whose father owned a trucking firm and aspired to offer his youngsters a greater life.

Pitt moved to Los Angeles within the Nineteen Eighties on a whim, dropping out of faculty simply two credit shy of incomes a level in journalism.

After doing a little odd jobs, together with dressing as a hen for a fast-food restaurant, he began getting small TV roles, together with on “Dallas” and “21 Jump Street.”

His breakout position got here in 1991 as an attractive hustler in Ridley Scott’s smash hit “Thelma & Louise” starring Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon.

That success propelled him to a sequence of larger roles — “A River Runs Through It” directed by Robert Redford, “Interview With the Vampire” reverse Tom Cruise, “Legends of the Fall” with Hopkins, and thriller “Se7en” all by 1995.

His first Oscar nod got here for one more 1995 movie, the off-kilter “Twelve Monkeys” directed by Terry Gilliam.

By that point, Pitt was a bona fide A-lister.

After that, he confirmed versatility in his roles, starring in crime caper “Ocean’s Eleven” with George Clooney, psychological drama “Babel” and Tarantino’s “Inglorious Basterds.”

His different Oscar appearing nods got here for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “Moneyball,” a movie he additionally produced.

Apart from “Once Upon a Time,” his comeback to the massive display screen in 2019 additionally included a critically acclaimed efficiency in area drama “Ad Astra,” during which he performs astronaut Roy McBride.

Going ahead, Pitt — whose pursuits embody sculpting and landscaping — has stated he plans to more and more concentrate on producing films quite than showing in entrance of the digital camera.

“It’ll be fewer and farther in between for me, just because I have other things I want to do now,” he instructed the Times.

“When you feel like you’ve finally got your arms around something, then it’s time to go get your arms around something else.”


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