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Vulture Has a Question About Brad Pitt's Speeches

Who's writing them?
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2020 1:45 PM CST
Updated Feb 9, 2020 10:29 AM CST

(Newser) – The smart money says Brad Pitt will be collecting a best-supporting-actor Oscar Sunday night for his role in Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood. And assuming that happens, it's a good bet that Pitt will go up on stage and give a charming, funny speech. After all, he did just that at the Golden Globes (watch here), the Screen Actors Guild awards (watch here), and (via proxy Margot Robbie) at the UK BAFTAs (watch here), notes Newsweek. He's gotten in digs at Leonardo DiCaprio ("I would've shared the raft"), Quentin Tarantino (the director "has separated more women from their shoes than the TSA"), and himself ("Let's be honest, it was a difficult part—a guy who gets high, takes his shirt off, and doesn't get on with his wife. It was a big stretch.") All of which prompts a question from Vulture: Who is ghostwriting Pitt's speeches?

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Pitt's people would not comment, but the site says at least one (unnamed) speechwriting agency confirms they were approached for the job. It's not a huge surprise, because big-name nominees reaching out for such help is "one of Hollywood's worst-kept secrets," writes Chris Lee. He notes that Pitt's own management firm, Brillstein Entertainment, also has plenty of comic talent to draw from, including W. Kamau Bell. Of course, it's possible Pitt got no help at all. “Maybe he just decided to do it himself and he’s really good,” big-time communications strategist Sam Koppelman tells Lee. “But if you do find out who wrote them, let me know—they’re good at speechwriting.” (Read more Brad Pitt stories.)

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