Brad Pitt came away from this morning Academy Awards with the Best Actor In A Supporting Role Oscar for his role in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. However, there are now rumours he may have been getting ghostwriters to write his speeches this awards season.
It has to be said that Pitt’s acceptance speeches have been very, very good.
They’ve been witty, political, interesting and most of all, they’ve been pretty memorable.
His acceptance speeches have also been the perfect length – not too long, not too brief.
Before winning last night’s award, Pitt had also come away with a Golden Globe, a SAG Award and a BAFTA for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
Each speech he delivered (or had delivered in the case of his BAFTA win), has the audience both in the crowd and at home in stitches.
I would argue that the speech he sent to Margot Robbie to read at the BAFTAS was particularly good.
Who really wrote Brad Pitt’s acceptance speeches?
In that speech, he poked fun at the Royal Family, Brexit, his own marital status and he thanked all the right people.
The speech was also short and sweet, which is exactly what you want from an acceptance speech.
In one of his acceptance speeches, he poked fun at Quentin Tarantino’s foot fetish, which was brilliant.
Pitt also joked about putting his SAG statuette on his “Tinder profile”. That’s just too good a line!
So yes, these speeches have been brilliant, but has Brad himself been writing them, or did he hire a bit of professional help?
According to Vulture, he may have hired ghostwriters to help him with his speeches.
The media outlet revealed that contacted Pitt’s people directly about this, but they declined to comment.
However, they then got in touch with a speechwriting agency (yes, they do exist), and they claimed that they had been contacted by Pitt’s representatives.
Pitt’s speeches have been pretty darn good this year
According to Vulture, the organisation was approached by Pitt’s people to consult about engaging their services for his upcoming awards acceptance speeches.
This is apparently not usual in the industry to have your speeches written by professionals.
Vulture writes: “according to a cross-section of awards campaign strategists, public relations executives, and speechwriting professionals, the practice of having nominees in the acting, directing, and writing branches enlist professional help to boost a certain gracious-yet-deserving quality at the awards podium has been one of Hollywood’s worst-kept secrets for many years.”
“The most common reason [to hire a ghost acceptance speech writer] is knowing the room. Like, ‘What is the difference between the PGAs, the Globes, and the BAFTAs?’ Knowing the room is key,” one awards campaigner told Vulture.
They continued: “Laziness is the other reason.”
So, it sounds like Brad’s secret is now out there, but it also seems as though this is something most people in the industry do.
What do you make of this? Are you shocked to find out that actors have their acceptance speeches written for them, or are you surprised by this at all?
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