It was a fairly major Sunday night for one William Bradley Pitt, who took home his very first acting Oscar at the 92nd annual Academy Awards. Although he’s developed a reputation for being something of a cut-up at recent award shows, Pitt took the opportunity to get serious, dedicating his speech to Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood Quentin Tarantino, costar Leonardo DiCaprio, his cast and crew, and—most touchingly—his six children.
Pitt has been joking left and right about his single status, but it was moving to watch him close out awards season with a reference to fatherhood. “This is for my kids, who color everything I do. I adore you,” Pitt said. Read the full text of Pitt’s speech below:
Wow. Thank you, this is incredible, really incredible. Thank you to the Academy for this honor of honors. They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week. I’m thinking maybe Quentin does a movie about it—in the end the adults do the right thing. This really is about Quentin Jerome Tarantino. You are original, you are one of a kind. The film industry would be a much drier place without you, and I love the ethos you gave Cliff Booth. Look for the best in people—expect the worst but look for the best. Leo, I’ll ride on your coattails any day, man. The view’s fantastic.
And to the rest of the cast and crew: big bad Bob Richardson, Robert Garcia, Richie, my man Mike Moh. You know, I also want to say, you know, while we’re doing all this, it’s time we give a little love to our stunt coordinators and our stunt crews. Listen, I’m a bit gobsmacked. I’m not one to look back but this has made me do so and I think of my folks taking me to the drive-in to see Butch and Sundance, and loading up my car and moving out here, and Gina and Ridley giving me my first shot to all the wonderful people I’ve met along way, to stand here now: “Once upon a time…in Hollywood.” Ain’t that the truth. This is for my kids, who color everything I do. I adore you. Thank you.
Watch the speech below: