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Brad Pitt made, well, Brad Pitt history tonight when the A-list actor took home the Academy Award for a best supporting role in Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood—his seventh Oscar nomination but first win for an individual acting Oscar. This was a huge milestone for Pitt, however, in the very first acceptance speech of Sunday night’s awards ceremony, he decided to make a political statement while accepting his award.
“Thank you to the Academy for this honor of honors,” Pitt said, as he approached the podium, before launching a blow at the recent Senate impeachment hearings this week that seemingly acquitted President Donald Trump.
“They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week,” he quipped.
“I’m thinking maybe Quentin makes a movie about it, in the end, the adults do the right thing,” he added, before going on to honor the independent filmmaker.
While an actor going political during an acceptance speech is not exactly rare in Hollywood, Pitt using this landmark occasion to sound off against the current administration did not go unnoticed on Twitter.
So it was hardly surprising when “Brad Pitt” began trending on Twitter, as many colleagues and users began sounding off with jokes, memes, and accolades.
Brad Pitt: “They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week.”pic.twitter.com/aMDpHsgbQh— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) February 10, 2020
“I only get 45 seconds, but that’s 45 seconds longer than than the Senate gave John Bolton.” I don’t care how prewritten Brad Pitt’s line was, that was 🔥. #Oscars— shauna (@goldengateblond) February 10, 2020
Brad Pitt after winning his Oscar for best actor:— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) February 10, 2020
“They told me I only have 45 seconds. Which is 45 seconds more than they gave John Bolton.”
Sure, Brad Pitt wins an Oscar but when I sit shirtless on top of my house I'm "under arrest"— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) February 10, 2020
Brad Pitt: "They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week. I'm thinking maybe Quentin does a movie about it. In the end, the adults do the right thing." #Oscars— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 10, 2020
Brad Pitt killed it.— Brian O'Sullivan (@osullivanauthor) February 10, 2020
But in a good way.
Not like how the Senate killed the chance for a fair trial.
So happy for my friend, Brad Pitt. What an incredible win. And what incredible hair. #TheOscars— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) February 10, 2020
Brad Pitt started his Oscar acceptance speech by saying: "They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week. I'm thinking maybe Quentin does a movie about it. In the end, the adults do the right thing."— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) February 10, 2020
Trusting the adults to do the right thing is pretty much all we can hope for at this point. But if the GOP isn’t going to listen to the American people, what hope does Brad Itt have at this point? 2020 should be an interesting year, to say the absolute least.
Stacey Ritzen is a reporter and editor based in West Philadelphia with over 10 years' experience covering pop culture, web culture, entertainment, and news. You can follow her on Twitter @staceyritzen.