Brad Pitt reveals his funny celebrity friends helped him with his awards speeches

By Heather Cichowski

Brad Pitt was undoubtedly the MVP of the 2020 awards season between his accolades and his charm. Sure, he swept the Best Supporting Actor category at the Golden Globes, SAG Awards, BAFTAs and Oscars for his work in Once Upon A Time... in Hollywood, but it was his speeches that made him the toast of awards season.

It turns out that the wit and humour in his speeches is thanks to the help of some hilarious A-list friends!

Brad with his Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture prize at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards. Photo: © David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

Some people questioned whether Brad had a speech writer to help him deliver his viral speeches, but that is not the case. On the 2020 Academy Awards red carpet, the actor told Variety the speeches were the result of some fun times with famous friends, including Fight Club and Girl With the Dragon Tattoo director David Fincher, stand-up comedian Jim Jefferies and screenwriter Bob Oschack.

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Brad also revealed another surprising thing: He thinks he's not good at public speaking.

"I am historically really bad about speeches," Brad revealed. "They give me anxiety. I'm tentative going in, so I just decided if I'm going to be doing this, let's see if we can have fun. Let's figure it out and get loose about it.

"I got a lot of funny friends, if that's what you're asking. I got a lot of funny friends. Jim Jefferies, Bob Oschack, my man [David] Fincher. We trade barbs every week, few others."

His technique clearly worked! Brad's awards season speeches kicked off at the 2020 Golden Globes with some great zingers.

"I wanted to bring my mom, but I couldn't, because anyone I stand next to, they say I'm dating," he revealed during his funny speech. "And that would just be awkward."

The line even got laughs from Brad's ex-wife, Jennifer Aniston!

At the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Brad cracked a number of jokes, including a few made at the expense of his dating life.

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston shared an emotional moment backstage at the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, where they both won awards. Photo: © Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Turner

Admiring his award, he stated, "I've got to add this to my Tinder profile."

"Let's be honest. It was a difficult part," the actor continued. "A guy who gets high, takes his shirt off and doesn't get on with his wife. It was a big stretch."

Jennifer, who was once again in the audience, laughed along with fellow attendees.

Sadly, Brad didn't end up making it to the 2020 BAFTAs, but he still got plenty of laughs when co-star Margot Robbie read his speech.

One cheeky line included a reference to Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan. It read, "I'm gonna name this [award] Harry, 'cause [Brad] is really excited about bringing it back to the States with him."

Brad and presenter Regina King had a funny moment when they both grabbed his Best Supporting Actor Oscar at the same time. Photo: © Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Margot emphasized the speech consisted of "Brad's words, not [hers]," especially since Prince William and Duchess Kate were in the audience!

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Finally, Brad rounded out his wins with his Best Supporting Actor Oscars speech, which was equal parts sweet and charming. He talked about his kids being his inspiration and gave a shout-out to Once Upon A Time... in Hollywood co-star Leonardo DiCaprio, who was nominated for Best Actor for the film this year.

"Leo, I'll ride on your coattails any day, man," he quipped. "The view's fantastic."

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