He already had a gold statuette as a producer, but last night Springfield native Brad Pitt picked up his first Academy Award as an actor.
Pitt won the Best Supporting Actor nod for his performance as Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.” He had previously earned an Oscar for producing “12 Years a Slave” in 2014.
“I’m a bit gobsmacked,” Pitt said in his acceptance speech. “I think of my folks taking me to the drive-in to see Butch and Sundance. Loading up my car and moving out here and Gina & Ridley giving me my first shot. All the people I’ve met along the way, and to stand here now. Once upon a time in Hollywood..ain’t that the truth.”
Pitt was the heavy favorite to win the award, despite competing against Hollywood legends like Tom Hanks, Anthony Hopkins, and Al Pacino. Pitt had won the Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild awards for his portrayal of Booth.
Throughout the award season, Pitt showed a self-deprecating sense of humor about the attention, even wearing a name tag to an Oscars luncheon.
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