Brad Pitt uses singalong to teach a crowd how to pronounce David Oyelowo’s name

Hollywood icon and international sex symbol Brad Pitt was undoubtedly happy to be presenting Selma star David Oyelowo with the Breakthrough Performance Award at the recent Palm Springs International Film Festival. But first, Pitt—whose Plan B Entertainment co-produced the movie with Oprah’s Harpo Films—had to teach the festival audience how to pronounce Oyelowo’s name.

Oyelowo’s portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has been widely celebrated, but unfortunately for the British actor, much like last year’s Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, the people celebrating him don’t always bother to learn the pronunciation of his name. That’s where Pitt came in.

At the film festival, Pitt led the audience in a singalong to make sure that everyone knew how to pronounce the Oyelowo’s name when they were singing his praises. 

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When Oyelowo took the stage, he reportedly said, “You know you’ve broken through when Brad Pitt sings your name.”

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Marisa Kabas

Marisa Kabas

Marisa Kabas is a lifestyle reporter and activist. Her work has been published by Fusion, Fast Company, and Today. She’s also served as an editorial campaigns director for Purpose PBC, a social movement incubator.