Category: Awards

Brad Pitt Follows Oscar Win with Surprise Emmy Nom for Playing Dr. Anthony Fauci on ‘SNL’

He’s got an Oscar under his belt in 2020. Could the Emmy be next?

Brad Pitt could follow up his Oscar win earlier this year with an Emmy Award this September. The actor landed a surprise Emmy nomination in the category for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series thanks to his stint guest-hosting the April 25 installment of “Saturday Night Live.” Pitt’s Emmy nomination singles out his performance playing Dr. Anthony Fauci during the episode’s quarantine cold open.

The Oscar-winning actor kicked off the April 25 installment of “SNL” by impersonating Dr. Fauci in a sketch that found the medical professional reacting in shock and disbelief to many of Donald Trump’s outrageous and dangerous responses to the coronavirus pandemic. The sketch ended with Pitt taking off his Dr. Fauci wig and saying, “And to the real Dr. Fauci, thank you for your calm and your clarity in this unnerving time. And thank you to the medical workers, first responders, and their families for being on the front line.”

The Pitt-Fauci sketch went viral and has amassed over 13 million views on YouTube since its April debut. Pitt’s impersonation even earned acclaim from the real Dr. Anthony Fauci, who said during an appearance on Telemundo’s “Un Nuevo Dia” that Pitt did “a great job.”

“I’m a great fan of Brad Pitt, and that’s the reason why when people ask me who I would like to play me, I mention Brad Pitt,” Fauci said. “He’s one of my favorite actors. I think he did a great job and I think he showed that he is really a classy guy when at the end he took off his hair and thanked me and all of the health care workers. So not only is he a really great actor, but he is actually a classy person.”

Pitt won his first acting Oscar this year for his performance as Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” The beloved performance also earned Pitt supporting actor prizes at the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and Critics Choice Awards. Pitt is one of three “Saturday Night Live” guest hosts nominated this year in the Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series category, including Adam Driver and Eddie Murphy

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Brad Pitt, fresh off Oscar win, says he’s planning to ‘disappear for a little while’

Maybe crafting all those funny awards show speeches took too much out of him.

Brad Pitt, hot off a successful awards season capped with a coveted Academy Award win, says he’s planning on retreating to the shadows (a.k.a. not in the public’s eye).

“Right now, I think it’s time to go disappear for a little while now and get back to making things,” he told reporters backstage at the Oscars on Sunday, shortly after he nabbed the Best Supporting Actor award for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

And when asked if he was having the time of his life, Pitt kept it real, replying, “I hope not. I hope I got other s— going on.”

Indeed, he’s not slated to act in any upcoming films; Pitt will instead be producing a slew of 2020 features, including the drama Blonde starring Ana de Armas and Adrien Brody, through his Plan B Entertainment company.

Pitt continued backstage, saying, “it has been a really special run and again, it’s a community I love and friends I’ve made over 30 years, and they mean a lot to me, truly. And I feel a responsibility to that, more than anything. More than like a victory lap.”

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Brad Pitt Wins Best Supporting Actor Oscar

Brad Pitt Wins Best Supporting Actor Oscar
It’s Pitt’s first Academy Award in an acting category. He previously won as producer of “12 Years a Slave.”

Brad Pitt has won the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his performance as stunt double Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

In a fairly competitive category, Pitt beat out fellow nominees Tom Hanks (Fred Rogers in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”), Anthony Hopkins (Pope Benedict XVI in “The Two Popes”), Al Pacino (Jimmy Hoffa in “The Irishman”), and Joe Pesci (Russell Bufalino in “The Irishman”).

This is Pitt’s fourth nomination as an actor, and his first acting Oscar win. Previously, he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 1996 for “12 Monkeys,” for Best Actor in 2009 for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” for Best Actor in 2012 for “Moneyball.”

As a producer, he has three Best Picture nominations: “Moneyball” (2012), “12 Years a Slave” (2014), and “The Big Short” (2016). He won for “12 Years a Slave,” which was his first ever Oscar win.

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BAFTA Winner Brad Pitt Jokes About Being Single & Prince Harry, Margot Robbie Reads His Speech

Brad Pitt poked fun at his own dating life and the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union.

Brad Pitt won big at the British Academy Film and Television Arts Awards, but the actor wasn’t at the award show to pick up his award.

Shortly before the London awards show was scheduled to begin, it was revealed that Pitt, who was nominated for best supporting actor for his role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, would not be attending the show, as had been expected.

Though Pitt, 56, was not physically at the award show, he did get a chance to show off his sense of humor as costar Margot Robbie accepted the award on his behalf and read his speech on stage.

“Brad couldn’t be here tonight due to family obligations, so he asked me to read his response for him,” Robbie said.

“He starts by saying, ‘Hey Britain. Heard you just became single. Welcome to the club!’ ” the actress said while reading Pitt’s jokes in his speech, which poked fun at his own dating life and the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union became official this week.

“He then says, ‘Thank you to the Academy for this extreme honor.’ He says he’s ‘always been a bit intimidated over here given the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and the titans that have come before, so this is especially meaningful,’ ” Robbie continued.

Pitt’s acceptance speech also had a joke about another high-profile exit: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step back from royal life.

The actor joked he would be calling his award Harry because he was looking forward “to taking it back to America.”

A rep for Pitt did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

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