While on stage, Pitt used his time to thank many of the special the people he has worked with, including Tarantino, fellow costar Leonardo DiCaprio, and the rest of the cast and crew in Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood.
However, he also made sure to leave the best for last, wrapping up his speech by thanking his six children — Maddox, 18, Pax, 16, Zahara, 15, Shiloh, 13, and 11-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox — whom he shares with ex-wife Angelina Jolie.
“Listen, I’ve been gobsmacked. I’m not one to look back but this has made me do so,” he told the audience. “And I think my folks taking me to the drive in to see Butch and Sundance and loading up my car and moving out here and Gene and Ridley giving me my first shot to all the wonderful people I’ve met along the way to stand here now.”
“Once upon a time in Hollywood, ain’t that’s the truth,” he went on. “And to my kids, who color everything I do, I love you.”
Though Pitt is already an Oscar winner for producing 2014’s Best Picture 12 Years a Slave, this is the first time the actor wins it for his own performance in a film.
While he picked up his first individual Oscar, Pitt revealed in an interview last year that he wouldn’t be campaigning for the big award.
“I’m gonna abstain,” he told Entertainment Weekly in September of whether he’d be campaigning for nominations for his roles in Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood and Ad Astra. “You never know, and it’s really nice when your number comes up. But the goal is for the film to land, to speak to someone whether it’s now or a decade from now. I find chasing it actually a disservice to the purity of your telling a story and a shackling thing to focus on.”