Brad Pitt ’ s Oscar win on Sunday marks a fitting comeback for the veteran actor whose personal life , rather than his on- screen roles , have dominated headlines in recent years.
Pitt won the golden statuette for his role as a laid- back fading stuntman in Quentin Tarantino ’ s ode to 1960 s Tinseltown , “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood . ”
“ This is incredible, really incredible, ” the 56- year – old said as he accepted the award — his first Academy Award for acting after more than 30 years in showbiz and three previous performance nominations .
“They told me I only have 45 seconds up here , which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week , ” he said , in reference to President Donald Trump ’ s impeachment trial .
“ I’ m thinking maybe Quentin does a movie about it — in the end , the adults do the right thing . ”
His quips were the latest in a string of pithy , often funny speeches delivered as he swept a glut of prizes this award season including a Golden Globe , targeting everything from divorce to Prince Harry .
On Sunday, he bested a crowded field of four former Oscar winners — Joe Pesci and Al Pacino for Martin Scorsese ’ s “The Irishman , ” Anthony Hopkins (“ The Two Popes”) and Tom Hanks (“ A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood ”) .
But it was not his first Oscar — he won a best picture prize in 2014 as one of the producers of “ 12 Years a Slave. ”
Pitt ’ s performance in “Once Upon a Time …” earned him rave reviews, with Britain’ s Sunday Times describing it as the best by a movie star in 2019 .
The award is a well – earned win for the Hollywood heartthrob, who has kept a low profile since 2016 as he went through a messy divorce with Angelina Jolie and a bitter custody battle over their six children .
Pitt faced accusations of child abuse , heavy drinking and drug use .
Since then , he has talked at length about getting sober, and attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for a year and a half after having “ taken things as far as I could take ” them .
“ This is for my kids who color everything I do .
I adore you , ” he said Sunday.
Even before his relationship with Jolie, Pitt has endured the constant tabloid spotlight — especially during his engagement to Gwyneth Paltrow and subsequent marriage to Jennifer Aniston .
“ In the 90 s, all that attention really threw me , ” Pitt told The New York Times in an interview last year .
“ It was really uncomfortable for me , the cacophony of expectations and judgments .
I really became a bit of a hermit and just bonged myself into oblivion . ”
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