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Brad Pitt delivered an emotional speech after being honored with the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor on Sunday

After his emotional Oscar acceptance speech on Feb. 9, Brad Pitt made sure to take a moment to soak in the significance of the night.

“I’m just trying to catch my breath,” said Pitt backstage.

“This is all so flattering… and humbling,” Pitt says in PEOPLE’s new cover story of his win and the outpouring of support.

After Regina King presented him with the Best Supporting Actor statue for his performance in Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, Pitt was visibly emotional when he addressed the crowd inside the Dolby Theatre.

“Listen, I’m a bit gobsmacked,” he said from the stage.” I’m not one to look back, but this has made me do so. 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.”

He continued, “And to Geena [Davis] and Ridley [Scott] for giving me my first shot, to all the wonderful people I’ve met along the way to standing here now . . . once upon a time in Hollywood? Ain’t that the truth. And to my kids, who color everything I do, I adore you.”

It’s been a whirlwind couple of months for the actor who has garnered plenty of new awards to line his shelves. He took home the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and BAFTA award and was clearly touched to add Hollywood’s highest honor to that list.

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How did you train, or what did you have to do before you knew you were gonna be in the roof of that house and had to take your shirt off?

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Uh, no. You know, I look at films like- well, depends on what character you’re doing. But in there, you know, I’m playing a stunt man so I can’t… I gotta be on the better end of shape. So, you know, I try to eat right during the film. Get some exercise. And, that’s that.

That’s that. And then when it’s off, then it’s Shake Shack and pizzas. (laughter)

Hollywood is teeming with thousands of stuntmen, many of them also dreaming of becoming a star someday. So, in that context, in portraying Cliff, THE STUNTMAN, what are your own reflections on fame, how fleeting it can be, and how, for every Cliff, there are hundreds who are struggling to make it in Hollywood?

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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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