Brad Pitt took to the stage during this year’s Academy Awards ceremony to call out Republican senators for their role in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump. Pitt received the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his work in Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood. It was the first award of the night, and the Fight Club actor, who has made a number of comedic speeches this awards season, took no time to throw out a political zinger.


“They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week,” began the 56-year-old Pitt. The comment, in reference to how the Republican controlled Senate had blocked a motion to call any witnesses in the impeachment trial, garnered cheering and applause from the Academy audience. Pitt continued, perhaps half-jokingly, “I’m thinking maybe Quentin does a movie about it. In the end, the adults do the right thing.”

Pitt continued his speech, thanking Tarantino. “You are original, you are one of a kind. The film industry would be a much drier place without you,” Pitt said to the Pulp Fiction director. Pitt also took the time to thank co-star Leonardo DiCaprio, saying to the Titanic actor, “I’ll ride your coattails any day, man. The view is fantastic.” Pitt went on to thank many of the crew members who worked on Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood and briefly reminisced about his career.

Backstage at the show, Pitt was candid about his acceptance speech. The actor said he was, “very serious,” about his stance on Senate Republicans. “I was really disappointed with that this week,” said the actor about the impeachment hearings. “When gamesmanship trumps the right thing it’s a sad thing. And I don’t think we should let it slide,” continued Pitt.

Watch Pitt’s full acceptance speech below.

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