“I have to thank my partner in crime, LDC,” Pitt said, before joking about DiCaprio’s notorious inability to win an Oscar prior to 2015’s The Revenant.
“Before The Revenant, I used to watch, year after year, people accept awards and thank him profusely. I know why – he’s an all-star and a gent.”
He then added, in reference to DiCaprio’s on-screen death in Titanic: “I would have shared the raft”.
Titanic fans have debated for more than 20 years whether DiCaprio’s character could have been saved at the end of the film. While Kate Winslet’s character survives by lying on a door floating above the freezing ocean, DiCaprio freezes to death in the water. Many viewers have speculated that he could have fit on top of the door, too.
In July, while promoting Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, DiCaprio was asked whether he believed his character could have survived.
“I have no comment,” he jokingly replied, while co-star Margot Robbie described the scene as “the biggest controversy, I think, in modern cinema”.
Pitt, meanwhile, pledged to “go back and look” at the film. “Could you have squeezed there?” he asked DiCaprio. “You could have, couldn’t you?”
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His Golden Globe win marks his first award at the ceremony since 1996, when he won his first Best Supporting Actor trophy for his work in Twelve Monkeys.
Earlier in the evening, Russell Crowe accepted his speech via a poignant letter he wrote while “protecting his family” from the bushfires back in his home country of Australia.
The ceremony’s top prizes went to First World War drama 1917 and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which won Best Film in their respective Drama and Comedy categories.
Ricky Gervais hosted the ceremony and immediately shocked with a joke about Leonardo DiCaprio’s 22-year-old girlfriend, Camila Morrone, and Prince Andrew.
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