Oscar Actors: Pitt, Brad (Curious Case…Moneyball)

BRAD PITT, one of today’s strongest and most versatile film actors, has been nominated for three Oscars: two Best Actor and one Supporting Actor.

Pitt is also a successful film producer with his company Plan B Entertainment.

In the past few years, Pitt won two Oscar Awards, as a producer of the 2013 Best Picture 12 Years a Slave, directed by Steve McQueen (the film also won Oscars for screenwriter John Ridley and supporting actress Lupita Nyong’o), and as a producer of the 2016 Best Picture, Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins.

He  led a five-man tank crew in David Ayer’s World War II epic “Fury,” starred and produced “By the Sea” opposite his wife Angelina Jolie, who also wrote and directed the film, played a supporting role in “The Big Short,” and the lead in “War Machine,” a provocative satirical comedy from David Michod for Netflix, both of which he also produced with his Plan B shingle. Pitt can most recently be seen in Robert Zemeckis’ ALLIED opposite Marion Cotillard.

In 2013, Pitt starred and produced one of the year’s top ten grossing movies, “World War Z” for Paramount. Following Z, Pitt played a supporting role in Cormac McCarthy’s “The Counselor” directed by Ridley Scott as well as Andrew Dominik’s “Cogan’s Trade.” This is the second time Pitt has starred and produced a Dominik film, the first being “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” for which he was named Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival. In 2011, Brad gave two of his most complex and nuanced performances in Bennett Miller’s “Moneyball” and Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life,” films he also produced. Brad won the New York Film Critics Circle Award and the National Society of Film Critics Award for both roles. Additionally, Brad was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild, Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award, and an Academy Award for his work in “Moneyball.” The movie also received an Academy Award Best Picture nomination. “Tree of Life” won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards as well. In previous years, Brad was an Academy Award® nominee for his performance in David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and Terry Gilliam’s “Twelve Monkeys,” for which he won a Golden Globe Award. He was also a Golden Globe Award nominee for his performances in Edward Zwick’s “Legends of the Fall” and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Babel.”

In 2009, Pitt starred in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Basterds” as Lt. Aldo Raine; and appeared in Joel and Ethan Coen’s comedy thriller “Burn After Reading.”  Opposite George Clooney, his “Burn After Reading” co-star, he also appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s hits “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Ocean’s Twelve” and “Ocean’s Thirteen.”

It was Mr. Pitt’s role in Ridley Scott’s Academy Award®-winning “Thelma and Louise” that first brought him national attention. He soon went on to star in Robert Redford’s Academy Award®-winning “A River Runs Through It,” Dominic Sena’s “Kalifornia” and Tony Scott’s “True Romance.” Pitt also received critical acclaim for his performances in the two David Fincher films: “Se7en” and “Fight Club.” His other films include Doug Liman’s “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” which was one of 2005’s biggest hits and Guy Ritchie’s “Snatch.”

Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment has been responsible for producing numerous award-winning and commercially successful films including “The Departed,” “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” “The Tree of Life,” “World War Z,” “12 Years a Slave,” “The Normal Heart,” “Selma” and “The Big Short.” The company’s forthcoming slate includes David Michod’s “War Machine” for Netflix; James Gray’s “The Lost City of Z,” based on David Grann’s best selling book starring Charlie Hunnam; “World War Z 2”; as well as development with a number of marquee filmmakers and writers in both film and television.