On the eighth time of asking, Hollywood icon Brad Pitt has won his first-ever individual Oscar award after claiming ‘Best Supporting Actor’ for his role in Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
After numerous different nominations throughout the years, Pitt’s only victory was when 12 Years a Slave claimed the ‘Best Picture’ award in 2014. Now though, his portrayal of stunt double Cliff Booth has changed all that.
The film, written and directed by Tarantino, stars Pitt alongside the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning, Al Pacino, Maya Hawke and more. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood arrived as Tarantino’s love letter to the film industry and has been heavily represented at the 92nd Academy Awards with 10 nominations in total.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tells the tale of TV actor Dalton and his stunt double Cliff Booth who embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry during the Charles Manson murders in 1969 Los Angeles. The film synopsis reads: “Actor Rick Dalton gained fame and fortune by starring in a 1950s television Western, but is now struggling to find meaningful work in a Hollywood that he doesn’t recognise anymore.
“He spends most of his time drinking and palling around with Cliff Booth, his easygoing best friend and longtime stunt double. Rick also happens to live next door to Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate—the filmmaker and budding actress whose futures will forever be altered by members of the Manson Family.”
Taking to the stage and visibly emotional, Pitt said: “Thank you, this is incredible, really incredible” before paying tribute to Tarantino, DiCaprio, Hollywood and his family.