Brad Pitt began his acceptance speech with a reference to the impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump and the Senate's refusal to allow John Bolton’s testimony.

By Ian Horswill


Posted on February 10, 2020

One of the most famous people in the world, 56-year-old Brad Pitt has won his first Academy Award for best supporting actor acting for his portrayal of stunt man Cliff Booth in the Quentin Tarantino film ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ at the Oscars today.

Pitt began his acceptance speech with a reference to the impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump and the Senate’s refusal to allow John Bolton’s testimony.

“They told me I only have 45 seconds up here,” Pitt said, “… which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week.”

Pitt, who had previously won an Academy Award in 2014 as producer on the best movie winner Twelve Years a Slave, dedicated his award to “my kids, who colour everything I do – I adore you” before paying tribute to Tarantino, describing him as “an original … one of a kind. The film industry would be a much drier place without you”.

He also praised his parents, stunt people, and the film’s star Leonardo DiCaprio, on whose coattails he said he was “happy to ride … the view’s fantastic”.

Pitt’s acting in Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood had won best supporting actor awards at the BAFTAS, Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild.

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Joaquin Phoenix won his first Academy Award Oscar as Best Actor for his tortured portrayal of Batman’s nemesis in Joker. Phoenix had been nominated four times before and the award is also the first-ever Best Actor win for a role in a comic book film.

Laura Dern also won her first Oscar for her portrayal of divorce lawyer Nora Fanshaw in the Netflix movie Marriage Story. Dern thanked the Academy, writer and director Noah Baumbach for his “vision, magic and friendship”, her step-children and children, and her parents, actors Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern: “You got game, I love you.”

“This is the best birthday present ever,” said Dern, whose 53rd birthday is on 10 February.

Dern won Best Supporting Actress awards at the BAFTAs, Golden Globe, Critics Choice and Screen Actors Guild awards.

Best supporting actor
Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – WINNER

Best animated feature
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Klaus
Missing Link
Toy Story 4 – WINNER

Best animated short
Dcera (Daughter)
Hair Love – WINNER
Kitbull
Memorable
Sister

Best original screenplay
Knives Out
Marriage Story
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Parasite – WINNER

Best adapted screenplay
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit – WINNER
Joker
Little Women
The Two Popes

Best live action short
Brotherhood
Nefta Football Club
The Neighbours’ Window – WINNER
Saria
A Sister

Best animated short
Dcera (Daughter)
Hair Love – WINNER
Kitbull
Memorable
Sister

Best production design
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – WINNER
Parasite

Best costume design
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women – WINNER
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best documentary
American Factory – WINNER
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama
Honeyland

Best documentary short
In the Absence
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) – WINNER
Life Overtakes Me
St Louis Superman
Walk Run Cha-Cha

Best supporting actress
Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Laura Dern, Marriage Story – WINNER
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh, Little Women
Margot Robbie, Bombshell

Best cinematography
The Irishman
Joker
The Lighthouse
1917 – WINNER
Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood

Best sound editing
Ford v Ferrari – WINNER
Joker
1917
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best sound mixing
Ad Astra
Ford v Ferrari
Joker
1917 – WINNER
Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood

Best film editing
Ford v Ferrari – WINNER
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Parasite

Best visual effects
Avengers Endgame
The Irishman
1917 – WINNER
The Lion King
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best makeup and hair
Bombshell – WINNER
Joker
Judy
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
1917

Best international feature film
Corpus Christi
Honeyland
Les Misérables
Pain and Glory
Parasite – WINNER

Best original score
Joker – WINNER
Little Women
Marriage Story
1917
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best original song
I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away, Toy Story 4
I’m Gonna Love Me Again, Rocketman – WINNER
I’m Standing With You, Breakthrough
Into the Unknown, Frozen II
Stand Up, Harriet

Best actor
Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker – WINNER
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

Best actress
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renée Zellweger, Judy – WINNER

Best director
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Todd Phillips, Joker
Sam Mendes, 1917
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
Bong Joon-ho, Parasite – WINNER

Best picture
Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
Marriage Story
1917
Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
Parasite – WINNER