Brad Pitt has been one of Hollywood's biggest stars for what feels like forever now, constantly delivering incredible performances across a variety of genres. One thing that has always eluded him though is one of those little golden statues called Oscar, but last night he finally bagged one for his supporting performance in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. During what turned out to be a rather touching acceptance speech, Brad Pitt reflected on his career, thanking the people that helped him get to where he is, but not before he took the opportunity to have a dig at President Donald Trump.'They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than what the Senate gave John Bolton this week.'
This, of course, is a reference to the lack of evidence that was allowed to be given at Trump's impeachment hearing by John Bolton, the ex-Trump adviser. Apparently Pitt did not get the memo from Ricky Gervais' Golden Globes opening monologue of just thanking your god, collecting your little statue, and getting off the stage.
After getting things started with a political quip, Pitt paid tribute to his Once Upon a Time in Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino, calling 'original' and 'one of a kind', before telling him that 'the film industry would be a much drier place without you.' He then sent his love towards his co-star, and fellow Hollywood A-lister, Leonardo DiCaprio.'Leo: I'll ride on your coattails any day, man. The view is fantastic.'
Having won the award playing a stuntman, Pitt quite rightly thanked the hard work of Hollywood's stunt performers.'I also wanna say, ya know, while we're doing all this, I think its time we give a little love to our stunt coordinators and our stunt crews.'
Finally, Pitt looked back at his glittering career, becoming quite emotional as he did so, and reflected on the people that got him to where he is, as well as the fairytale that has been his life in Hollywood.'Listen, I'm a bit gobsmacked. I'm not one to look back but this has made me do so, and I think of my folks taking me to the drive-in to see Butch and Sundance, and loading up my car and moving out here, and Geena and Ridley giving me my first shot. To all the wonderful people I've met along the way...to stand here now...once upon a time in Hollywood... ain't that the truth.'
The award clearly meant a lot to the actor, and it was a well-deserved victory for his charming, funny, stand-out performance as Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. As they kicked off the 92nd annual Academy Awards, Pitt's win was the first of the Oscar Winners announced. South Korean thriller Parasite won 4 Oscars while Joaquin Phoenix won his first Oscar for Joker.
'I'll ride on your coattails any day, man. The view is fantastic.' Brad Pitt thanks Leonardo DiCaprio during his #Oscars speech...
Martin Scorsese’s frequent cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto said last December the tone of their next collaboration together, “Killers of the Flower Moon,” was still being worked out. Now comes word from Scorsese himself that the tone has been set and the project, based on David Grann's historical novel of the same name, will be the director’s first Western. “Killers of the Flower Moon” is Scorsese’s follow-up to “The Irishman,” which nabbed 10 Academy Award nominations this year. The project is set to star longtime Scorsese muses Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro.
“We think it's a Western,” Scorsese tells Premiere of the film. “It happened in 1921-1922 in Oklahoma. There are certainly cowboys, but they have cars and also horses. The film is mainly about the Osage, an Indian tribe that was given horrible territory, which they loved because they said to themselves that Whites would never be interested in it. Then we discovered oil there and, for about ten years, the Osage became the richest people in the world, per capita. Then, as with the Yukon and the Colorado mining regions, the vultures disembark, the White man, the European arrives, and all was lost. There, the underworld had such control over everything that you were more likely to go to jail for killing a dog than for killing an Indian.”
Scorsese continues, “It's so interesting to think about the mentality that leads us to this. The history of civilization goes back to Mesopotamia. The Hittites are invaded by another people, they disappear, and later it is said that they have been assimilated or, rather, absorbed. It is fascinating to see this mentality which is reproduced in other cultures, through two world wars. And which is therefore timeless, I think. This is the film that we are going to try to make.”
David Grann's book centers around the Osage Nation murders, in which members of the Native American tribe were killed after discovering oil on their reservation. The murders attracted the attention of the newly-created FBI. Paramount Pictures boarded the project last June, bringing Scorsese back to a major Hollywood studio following his work on “The Irishman” with Netflix. Production on “Killers of the Flower Moon” is expected to begin this spring, making a 2021 release date most likely.
With large swathes of the population sitting at home, audiences have a chance to catch up on films that were released years ago and find new insights into their narrative. Recently, a fan who had been watching Suicide Squad with his family reached out to the film's director David Ayer to ask about the meaning behind the scene where the Joker is lying in the middle of a room lined with a circle of knives, guns, and baby clothes. Denying that the baby onesies were trophies after an infanticide spree on the part of the cackling psychopath, Ayer provided the following explanation for the scene instead.'No it's more innocent. Harley wanted a normal family with Joker hence the baby in her vision. I figured she would have endlessly pestered Mr. J about having a kid. So he had Mr. Frost buy some onesies. The circle represents how he sees Harley.'
The scene under discussion comes up early in the story. Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie, is locked up in Arkham, and we see Joker, played by Jared Leto, in his mansion mourning her absence. He has also shown to have drawn a grin across his face using a sharpie, which according to David Ayer, is because...'He was having a hard time smiling without Harley so gave himself some help with a sharpie.'
This introduction sets up the fact that this Joker is unlike any other live-action portrayal of the supervillain as a man who is missing his demon lover. The onesies we see lined up on the floor next to the Joker later make an appearance in the scene where the Enchantress offers Harley her heart's desire, and she imagines a life of domestic bliss with her beloved Mistah J, with their babies wearing the onesies.
How the circle of knives represents Harley in the mind of the Joker is up for debate. Perhaps he fears that his affection for Harley makes her dangerous to him, and thus views her as a circle of knives drawing closer, threatening to destroy him.
This sentiment of Joker being attracted towards Harley and simultaneously hating the fact that she has made him care for her is also played out in the scene where Harley willingly throws herself into a pit of acid on Joker's command. After trying to walk away from the whole thing, Joker almost unwillingly jumps in after her and rescues her, proving that she means more to him than he can bring himself to admit.
From his explanation, it is clear that Ayer had a solid backstory and reasoning behind the script for Suicide Squad, which unfortunately did not translate very well to the big screen. But now that James Gunn has taken over directorial duties on the sequel, there is a chance to see a Suicide Squad film that gets critical acclaim in addition to minting money at the box office. David Ayer on Twitter brings us this news.