Brad Pitt capped off his effective sweep through awards season this evening by winning the Oscar for best supporting actor. The actor has been picking up statuettes throughout the season for his turn as the down-on-his-luck stuntman Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”
Pitt’s acceptance speeches have been a highlight of the circuit, with his comments at the Screen Actors Guild Awards that it wasn’t hard to play “a guy who gets high, takes his shirt off and doesn’t get on with his wife” and nod to Quentin Tarantino’s foot fetish earned a wave of laughs in the room and online.
When asked about if anyone had been helping him out writing the speeches he’s given throughout the season, Pitt gave credit to some of his buddies. “I got a lot of funny friends if that’s what you’re asking. Jim Jefferies, Bob Oschack, my man [director David] Fincher. We trade barbs every week. A few others.”
Pitt insisted he needs when on stage, “Listen I am historically really bad about speeches,” the actor admitted. “They give me anxiety. I’m tentative going in. So I just decided, well, if I’m going to be doing this let’s see if we can have fun. Let’s figure it out and get loose about it.”
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” has garnered ten Oscar nominations this evening. The film has won two Oscars between best supporting actor and best production design. The film is nominated for best picture, best director for Tarantino, best actor for Leonardo DiCaprio, best cinematography, best costume design, best sound mixing and best sound editing.