Brad Pitt and Academy Awards

by Nicole Schmoll
Brad Pitt was born on December 18, 1963, in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Brad Pitt was born on December 18, 1963, in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

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Brad Pitt is a successful American actor and film producer who has received two Academy Award nominations for his acting work and one win for a movie that his production company produced. Pitt began acting in 1987 on television shows before landing a supporting role in the 1991 film "Thelma and Louise." He has appeared in 36 films and, as of June, 2011, had six children with wife and fellow actor Angelina Jolie.

Best Actor Nominations

Brad Pitt has been nominated for Academy Awards twice for his acting work. He was first nominated in 1996 for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance as Jeffrey Goines in the 1995 film "12 Monkeys." He was nominated again in 2009 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his work as Benjamin Button in the 2008 film "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" about a man who starts life as an old man and ages backward, becoming younger throughout the course of the film as the characters around him become older.

Best Picture Nomination

Brad Pitt received an Academy Award nomination and win for Best Picture for the 2006 film "The Departed." Unlike Pitt's other nominations, he did not appear in this film. Rather, his production company, "Plan B Entertainment," produced the film along with Warner Brothers Pictures, Initial Entertainment Group, Vertigo Entertainment and Media Asia Films. The film was directed by Martin Scorsese and starred Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg and Martin Sheen.

Oscar Buzz

In May of 2011, the film "Tree of Life," directed by Terence Malick, in which Brad Pitt starred, was gaining buzz for potentially earning Pitt a Best Actor Academy Award, or "Oscar" for short. In the film Brad Pitt plays a father of three sons in the 1950s. The film follows the progression of one of his sons into adulthood, where he experiences a loss of innocence and hope. The film was critically acclaimed at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Palme d'Or, leading to speculation by "The Manila Paper" that Pitt could garner a Best Actor nomination for his work in the film.

Academy Award Interviews

In 2009 Brad Pitt attended the Academy Awards with his wife, Angelina Jolie, as a nominee for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Pitt gave an interview in which he discussed his humanitarian work, helping to rebuild homes in New Orleans, and his respect for his fellow actors. The couple discussed their mutual respect for fellow actors who win Academy Awards and how being nominated for Oscars helps them raise money and awareness for their humanitarian work.

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