It is quite obvious that a great deal of Hollywood has chosen to involve themselves in the political narrative of our nation, and to do so with great gusto.
This newfound interest in politics seems to rear its ugly head during awards season as well, with the biggest and brightest stars in Hollywood using their time on the dais to make stump speeches for their cause du jour.
Tonight was no different, as megastar Brad Pitt used his limelight to launch an unfortunate tirade aimed at the Republican Party.
The four-time Academy Award nominee won the best-supporting actor accolade for his role as a stuntman in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” The win marked his first-ever Academy Award win for acting. He immediately took the stage and got political by taking a jab at senators who voted against Democrats request to call witnesses in the impeachment trial, specifically former National Security Adviser John Bolton, who claimed he was willing to testify.
“They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week,” Pitt said. “I’m thinking maybe Quentin [Tarantino] does a movie about it. In the end, the adults do the right thing.”
Backstage, when asked about his choice to use his time that way, Pitt responded:
“I was really disappointed with this week,” he told reporters (via IndieWire). “And I think when gamesmanship trumps doing the right thing, it’s a sad day and I don’t think we should let it slide. And I’m very serious about that.”
Pitt was widely expected to win the category, as Once Upon a Time in Hollywood continues to dominate awards season.