Oscar Actors: Pitt, Brad–Supporting Actor Oscar, Once Upon Time in Hollywood

Brad Pitt’s glorious performance in Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is raising again the issue of lead versus supporting actor nominations.

In my view, his role is equal in size and importance to that of Leonardo DiCaprio.

The Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe to beat is Brad Pitt. The star, who’s 56, has a commanding lead at 16/5 odds to take home award.

If he wins, it would be a record-setting 24 years after his first Golden Globe, also in the supporting league, for Gilliam’s Twelve Monkeys, in 1995.

Double Golden Globe Winners (Supporting Actor):

Pitt would also tie the category record for most wins at two, joining Edmund Gwenn (1947’s “Miracle of 34th Street” and 1950’s “Mister 880”), Edmond O’Brien (1954’s The Barefoot Contessa” and 1964’s “Seven Days in May”), Richard Attenborough (1966’s “The Sand Pebbles” and 1967’s “Doctor Dolittle”), Martin Landau (1988’s “Tucker: The Man and His Dream” and 1994’s “Ed Wood”) and Christoph Waltz (2009’s “Inglourious Basterds” and 2012’s “Django Unchained”).

All five had won their two Globes within a span of 10 years; Attenborough is the only back-to-back winner.

A three-time Golden Globe nominee in the category, Pitt was also shortlisted for Inarritu’s Babel, which won the 2006 Best Picture-Drama.

The Globes was the first major award show to recognize Pitt’s talent as an actor rather than as just pretty star.  He was nominating for Best Actor in Drama actor for Legends of the Fall, in 1994, a year before his Twelve Monkeys victory.

Pitt has been the Oscar frontrunner for his carefree turn as Cliff Booth, so a win here would almost guarantee his first acting Oscar.  He has already won an Oscar as the producer of 12 Years a Slave, which won the 2013 Best Picture winner.