The 92nd annual Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, acknowledge the achievements of the film industry.
Brad Pitt won his first Oscar for best supporting actor in “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”
On the stage, Pitt opened his speech with a political jab causing fans to unload on social media.
Pitt took a jab at Republican senators who voted against Democrats’ requests to call new witnesses in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump.
He specifically pointed out former National Security Adviser John Bolton.
From Fox News:
“They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week,” Pitt said.
“I’m thinking maybe Quentin [Tarantino] does a movie about it. In the end, the adults do the right thing.”
Speaking backstage, the actor explained why he included a political jab in his Oscars acceptance speech.
“I was really disappointed with this week,” he told reporters.
“And I think when gamesmanship trumps doing the right thing, it’s a sad day and I don’t think we should let it slide, and I’m very serious about that.”
Although the overwhelming tone of online reactions was in praise of the actor’s recognition by the Academy after a long career in film, several viewers took to Twitter to voice their outrage over the star’s abrupt turn toward politics.
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 10, 2020