You’re a idiot if you don’t believe Brad Pitt is campaigning oh-so-hard for an Oscar this yr – from suggesting he has a ‘Tinder profile’ in speeches to speaking about Megxit in entrance of William and Kate. And don’t neglect his pleasant response to Jennifer Aniston’s SAG awards win.
The man is grafting. Hard.
And, frankly, I’m comfortable with it. In reality, I really like this Brad.
While final yr the Once Upon A Time In Hollywood star shot down claims he was going to be campaigning for the Academy Award – ‘Oh, man. I’m gonna abstain,’ have been his phrases to Entertainment Weekly – it appears he’s been doing nothing however.
Think about it.
We all had a giggle with Brad when he accepted his finest supporting actor Golden Globe in January and laughed at his cursed love life: ‘I wanted to bring my mom, I couldn’t as a result of each lady I stand subsequent to, they are saying I’m courting and it’d simply be awkward.’
From then he was on a roll, from joking about placing his win on his Tinder profile, to naming his Bafta ‘Harry’ as he’s excited to take it again to the United States, or saying that it wouldn’t be such a stretch for him to play a personality that ‘doesn’t get alongside together with his spouse’, Brad’s been getting all of the lols over the previous couple of months.
He’s at all times been one of the vital well-known folks on the planet, however due to his good speeches and that reunion with Jennifer Aniston backstage on the SAGs (having been ‘caught’ silently, intently watching his ex win her SAG award, saying ‘wow’ simply loud sufficient for everybody to listen to however not so loud it appeared pretend), he’s nonetheless probably the most likeable.
How else would all of us be wanting him to reunite together with his ex-wife from 15 years in the past, just because that they had a two-second hiya after each successful back-to-back awards earlier this yr?
Oh, and don’t even get me began on that title tag. Brad doesn’t must put on a bloody title tag. Brad is aware of he doesn’t must put on a reputation tag. Unless he’s gunning for an Oscar. But that ‘humble’ transfer received him plucked from a room of A-listers and positioned on each web site, entrance and centre. Pitt, you diabolical.
Recently it was claimed the star had enlisted the assistance of a speechwriting company to assist craft the acceptance jokes we’ve come to be obsessive about the previous couple months. If that’s true, inform us that’s not a calculated transfer. We dare you.
From the acceptance gags, to the household assist (after he apparently pulled out of final weekend’s Baftas to hang around together with his estranged son Maddox), what Brad’s strikes present is that his highway to the Oscars, which can culminate tonight in most definitely one other win in the most effective supporting actor class, has been rigorously calculated and meticulously mapped to ensure he’s in favour for the votes.
You assume these light-hearted jollies and jokes are merely off-the-cuff remarks? Oh, that’s cute.
With the neatest of Oscar campaigns, no much less a savvy PR group, Brad has weathered each storm and controversy thrown at him – from his divorce to Jennifer and fast transfer on with Angelina Jolie, to his acrimonious divorce and alleged custody battle.
It in all probability helps that he’s a person (2020, please flip that ship round, would you) however it appears these moments that when threatened to derail his picture now act as his punchline.
We ought to have discovered it somewhat distasteful when he stated it wasn’t exhausting for him to play a guy that ‘doesn’t get alongside together with his spouse’ when he picked up the SAG award, however as an alternative we stared adoringly at that stage and willed our Brad onto Oscars glory.
Even although Brad and Ange break up in 2016, he’s nonetheless managing to make use of that breakup to get the laughs, throwing in a joke about his ‘disaster of a love life’ whereas on Marc Maron’s podcast, which is approach too intriguing, coming from a guy who’s saved fairly shtum on his personal life prior to now.
When an Oscars on the road although, hey, something is up for the bants.
When I first watched Brad play Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood his efficiency didn’t actually scream ‘Oscar winner’.
That’s to not say it wasn’t ruddy wonderful, thoughts you – it’s been broadly thought-about to be considered one of his finest and Brad’s efficiency positively helmed that movie alongside Leonardo’s Rick Dalton, to the purpose the place you can argue he’s probably not a ‘supporting’ actor in that position in any respect, however a number one one.
Still, when you evaluate it to previous winners, you can’t deny it was missing in that dramatic, show-boating, Oscar-winning pizazz full with jazz fingers the Academy appears to froth over. He didn’t have prosthetics or a battle with psychological well being, he didn’t should placed on a complete bunch of weight or lose it. He simply took his high off.
But following that movie (and it will have made sense for him to be nominated for Ad Astra, tbh, however that’s neither right here nor there), Brad’s Oscars campaign is his finest efficiency but. Can you think about anybody else taking dwelling the Oscar tonight?
Brad’s proven he doesn’t should be a blubbering, thanking mess of an awards season cliché. He’s the cool dude. The dude that doesn’t even want the award. He’ll be high quality with out it. But wave it underneath his nostril? In the phrases of Eddie Hearn, ‘oh go on then’.
He’s performed the lengthy recreation these previous few months with out us actually noticing.
But we see you now Brad, and, frankly, it’s labored a attraction.
Now, go get that Oscar.
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