Brad Pitt Gets Emotional During Heartfelt Oscars Speech

The 2020 awards season has been an exciting one for Brad Pitt, and we're not just talking about his buzz-worthy reunion with ex-wife Jennifer Aniston at the SAG Awards. Pitt won the Oscar for best supporting actor thanks to his role in Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood and when he took to the stage to accept his honor, he delivered a truly cheeky and heartfelt speech.

"They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week," Pitt began, referencing President Donald Trump's impeachment proceedings. "I'm thinking maybe Quentin [Tarantino] does a movie about it. In the end, the adults do the right thing."

Pitt then turned his musings toward what got him to this point in his career, delivering an emotional speech that rendered his words a little shaky. "I'm a bit gobsmacked. I'm not one to look back, but this has made me do so," he said, per Vulture. "I'm thinking of my folks taking me to the drive-in to see Butch and Sundance and loading up my car and moving out here, to Geena [Davis] and Ridley [Scott] giving me my first shot, to all of all the wonderful people I've met along the way." He ended his speech by stating, "Once upon a time in Hollywood, ain't that the truth."

Pitt also used his speech to honor his children: "This is for my kids, who color everything I do. I adore you." However, the actor took a very different stance when asked about his son backstage.

Brad Pitt was asked about his son Maddox backstage

Backstage after winning his Oscar, Brad Pitt was confronted with a question about his son, Maddox, whom the actor shares with his ex-wife, Angelina Jolie. The father and son have allegedly had a strained relationship over the past few years, but Pitt reportedly skipped the BAFTAs in order to spend time with his eldest child. Perhaps that's one of the reasons Pitt was asked about his son at the 92nd Academy Awards.

According to Hollywood Life, a reporter asked Pitt to share Maddox's review of Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood? Pitt reportedly stumbled on his words, before finally saying that he wanted to keep that information "indoors," meaning private.

Pitt will likely (literally) be keeping his two Oscars indoors as well. Yes, two Oscars.

This is Brad Pitt's second Oscar

The award that Brad Pitt took home during the 2020 Oscars ceremony was his first for acting. However, it wasn't his very first Academy Award. In 2014, the star earned one of the coveted statuettes for his work behind the scenes. That was the year that 12 Years a Slave won the best picture honor and also earned Pitt an award for producing the historical drama.

Pitt has also racked up a handful of nominations in the past for prestigious industry awards. Back in 1996, he received his first nod for best actor in a supporting role thanks to Twelve Monkeys, but then he didn't see another nomination until his 2009 nom for best performance by an actor in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. In 2012, he picked up a pair of nominations, one in the best actor category and another for best motion picture, both for Moneyball. Finally, 2016 saw another of his projects, The Big Short, nominated for best motion picture of the year.

What do all of these nominations prove? If nothing else, a movie can be an Oscar-worthy success if Pitt is involved.

Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood has been a fairy tale

Brad Pitt's best supporting actor Oscar for Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood wasn't the only industry honor he took home during the 2020 awards season. In fact, momentum began to build in 2019 when he earned a handful of wins and just kept rolling from there.

Pitt also took home a National Society of Film Critics Award, a Toronto Film Critics Association Award, a St. Louis Film Critics Association award, and the Southeastern Film Critics Association Award. We'll have to stop there because the fact is, Pitt earned so many nominations and wins for this particular role that there are far too many to name here. However, we've gone over the (long) list and found that his on-point performance helped him win more than 30 other industry honors, and that's not counting the fact that Pitt was also nominated for a People's Choice Award, a Hollywood Critics Association award, and around 20 other entertainment industry accolades. Wow.

Aside from Pitt's Academy Award, his proudest moments of the season likely included accepting a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA, and a Golden Globe. Apparently Pitt's performance in Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood was the kind of success that can fill up an actor's trophy room.