Brad Pitt criticises Trump impeachment trial verdict after Oscar win: 'I don’t think we should let it slide'

'I’m thinking maybe Quentin Tarantino does a movie about it'

Jacob Stolworthy
Monday 10 February 2020 03:06
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Brad Pitt criticises Trump impeachment trial verdict

Brad Pitt got political at the Oscars after criticising the verdict of Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.

During his emotional acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor, Pitt referenced the fact that the testimony of former national security adviser John Bolton was blocked.

“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.

“I’m thinking maybe Quentin [Tarantino] does a movie about it,” he continued, adding: “In the end, the adults do the right thing.”

Asked about his comments in the press room, Pitt said: “I was really disappointed with this week. I think when gamesmanship trumps doing the right thing, it’s a sad day, and I don’t think we should let it slide. I’m very serious about that.”

The actor beat out Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes), Al Pacino, Joe Pesci (both for The Irishman) and Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) to win his first ever acting Oscar for his role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

“This is incredible,” the actor said, calling it an “honour of honours” and praising Leonardo DiCaprio and Quentin Tarantino.

He praised his co-star Leonardo DiCaprio, saying: “I’ll ride on your coattails any day, man – the view’s fantastic.”

Earlier in the ceremony, an uncomfortable Pitt recoiled as actor-singer Janelle Monae, who performed the opening song, placed the microphone in front of his face.

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South Korean black comedy Parasite was the evening’s biggest winner, making history by becoming the first ever foreign language film to win Best Picture.

Other winners at the 2020 ceremony included Laura Dern, who took home the prize for Best Supporting Actress.

As expected, Joaquin Phoenix won Best Actor for Joker following which he criticised inequality and paid tribute to his brother River Phoenix, who died in 1993.

Meanwhile, Olivia Colman had the audience in stitches before presenting Phoenix with his award.

Find a full list of the 2020 Oscar winners here.

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