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Brad Pitt ridicules Senate vote to acquit Trump in Academy Awards speech


US actor Brad Pitt accepts the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for "Once upon a Time...in Hollywood" during the 92nd Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on February 9, 2020. (AFP photo)

The impeachment trial of Donald Trump made it to the Oscars stage where Brad Pitt joked about how the US Senate voted against allowing witnesses during the trial, resulting in the presidentís acquittal.

The four-time Academy Award nominee won the best-supporting actor accolade for his role as a stuntman in Quentin Tarantinoís film, "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood." This marked the first time Pitt notched up an Academy Award win for acting.

During his acceptance speech, Pitt took a dig at the Senate vote last week, saying, "They told me I only had 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week."

"Iím thinking maybe Quentin (Tarantino) does a movie about it and in the end the adults do the right thing."

Bolton, who was Trumpís former national security adviser, had offered to testify, should the Senate subpoena him. Portions of his unpublished book manuscript, released days before the Senate was to vote on allowing witnesses, included his words that Trump ordered him to help pressure Ukraine to investigate the presidentís Democratic rivals.

The senate voted 49 - 51 not to allow subpoenas for witnesses and documents in the case. Two Republicans joined the Democrats in calling for witnesses at the trial.

Speaking backstage, Pitt explained why he included a political jab in his Oscars acceptance speech.

"I was really disappointed with this week," he told reporters. "And I think when gamesmanship trumps doing the right thing, itís a sad day and I donít think we should let it slide, and Iím very serious about that."

 

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