Following a disappointing Senate impeachment trial, the actor took out a moment to roast the GOP for failing Americans everywhere.
The 92nd Academy Awards took place on Sunday night and it was, as many awards evenings are, a night to remember. For Brad Pitt, this is especially true. Not only did he win his first Oscar as an actor for his role in the movie Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood, but he also managed to roast the entire United States Senate in one sentence. During his acceptance speech, the star took a moment to appreciate the Senate's apathy when it comes to protecting American democracy, The Los Angeles Times reports. It was a zinger GOP Senators won't soon forget.
Brad Pitt finally won an Academy Award. It’s about time!— Cameron Grant (@extracoolcam101) February 10, 2020
Though Pitt has previously won an Oscar (in 2014 for best picture for producing 12 Years a Slave), this was his first Academy Award win as an actor. His speech, therefore, was a special one. He took a few moments to thank all the people in his life who helped him achieve this massive victory. The actor may have won the honor for his work as Cliff Booth in Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood, but his speech was dedicated to all those who inspired him and guided him on his journey. Before he went on to thank his near and dear ones, however, he burned the entire GOP. "Thank you. This is incredible, really incredible. Thank you to the academy for this honor of honors," he began, prior to ending the Senators' careers in one fell swoop. "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, and in the end, the adults do the right thing." Damn.
Pitt, of course, was referring to the fact that GOP Senators - bar Senator Mitt Romney - refused to call upon key eyewitness John Bolton during President Donald Trump's impeachment hearings. The day the Senate decided to put their Republican President before American democracy is the day this country bowed down to a fascist, authoritarian dictator. The saddest part of all this is that Pitt, who has no experience in politics whatsoever, is telling Senators with years of expertise how to do their jobs properly. Tsk, tsk. His scathing remark may not influence the GOP to do any better, but at least someone said something about how they have failed us all.
"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." - #BradPitt#Oscars #AcademyAwards pic.twitter.com/1qQNDunYCL— Bryan Dawson (@BryanDawsonUSA) February 10, 2020
The Fight Club actor finished his speech by thanking his kids and was felicitated with a round of applause. Backstage, he explained to reporters why he made the political statement. "I was really disappointed with this week," he affirmed. "I don't think we should let it slide. I'm very serious about that." Sure, our Senators won't protect our democracy, but we can rest easy knowing that at least Pitt will.
Brad Pitt backstage at the #Oscars talking about what prompted the political reference in his speech: "I was really disappointed with this week...I don't think we should let it slide. I'm very serious about that." pic.twitter.com/OlQA2cLQCC— IndieWire (@IndieWire) February 10, 2020