Move over, Rick Dalton, because it’s Cliff Booth’s time to shine!
“When I was starting out, these names that were just listed, from [Al] Pacino, [Joe] Pesci, [Tom] Hanks, and my de facto mentor from afar, Sir Tony Hopkins… were like gods to me,” he said of his competitors. “This is an honor for me. All my respect.”
Then, after thanking “the man, the myth, the legend,” writer-director Quentin Tarantino, Pitt gave a shout-out to his “partner in crime,” Leonardo DiCaprio. “Before The Revenant, I used to watch year after year his costars accept awards and get up and thank him profusely,” Pitt said. “I know why: He’s an all-star, he’s a gent, and I wouldn’t be here without you. I thank you, man. Still, I would have shared the raft.”
Yes, Pitt just threw shade at Rose (Kate Winslet) in Titanic.
The veteran actor closed by saying hello to his parents, who weren’t there for a very specific reason. “I wanted to bring my mom, but I couldn’t because anyone I stand next to they say I’m dating,” he said as the camera just happened to be on ex-wife Jennifer Aniston.
This is Pitt’s second Golden Globe and first since 1996. The latest victory comes for starring in Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as Cliff Booth, the aging stunt double for fading ’60s star Rick Dalton (DiCaprio).
“Brad truly contributes to the scene aside from the truth of his own performance,” Tarantino recently told EW of Pitt. “He’s constantly adding little bits of dialogue and little bits of business that are just revelatory. In the [Once] scene where he and Leo are watching the show FBI? That’s just Brad, that’s just him watching the scene and commenting on it. He likes my scripts and everything, but usually he’ll have this idea to throw an extra line in or an extra moment in, and if you don’t like it, he’ll drop it the next take. But you don’t listen to him at your own peril.”
Pitt held off strong competition in the stacked category, which also included A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’s Tom Hanks, The Two Popes’ Anthony Hopkins, The Irishman’s Al Pacino, and The Irishman’s Joe Pesci.