Brad Pitt is having a moment. Well, several moments, really.
He’s raking in awards for his role as stunt double Cliff Booth in Quentin Tarantino’s “One Upon a Time in Hollywood” and with that comes opportunities in front of a captive audience.
And, oh, has Pitt delivered.
He got us laughing with a decades-old “Titanic” joke and sent all of America frantically searching for his Tinder profile. The comedic genius of those speeches comes “from the heart,” Pitt says.
“These people mean a lot to me. I want to say something meaningful … And I have some funny friends,” he told USA TODAY on the red carpet at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
Pitt, 56, noted on the Screen Actors Guild Awards that he’s “been banging away at this thing for 30 years.” He did, after all, play a sexy young thief in 1991’s “Thelma & Louise.”
But his 50s are really bringing out the sass – and he admits it.
“I’m old. It’s amazing how much more relaxed you get the older you get, right?” he told USA TODAY on the SAG red carpet when asked about his carefree vibe.
It’s very likely that Pitt wins best supporting actor at the Oscars (ABC, Feb. 9, 8 p.m. EST/5 PST), so we can’t wait for another one of his nonchalant, entertaining acceptance speeches.
Here’s a look back at his headline-grabbing moments this awards season (so far).
Pitt to Leonardo DiCaprio: ‘Still, I would’ve shared the raft’
His succinct and hilarious aside had one fan calling Pitt an “absolute legend” while another said it “just made my life.” When he accepted his best supporting actor award for “Once Upon a Time” at the Golden Globes, he wanted to recognize his co-star DiCaprio.
“He’s an all-star, he’s a gent. … Still, I would’ve shared the raft,” he joked. Yep, that’s a reference to DiCaprio’s 1997 film “Titanic” because there was absolutely room on that floating door for Jack (DiCaprio) and Rose.
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Wait. Leo calls Brad lover?
Speaking of DiCaprio, the two appear to have a budding bromance. At the Globes, we learned that Pitt lovingly calls DiCaprio “LDC.” But LDC’s nickname for Pitt is even more adorable.
” ‘Lover.’ He calls me ‘Lover,’ ” Pitt joked to People TV on the SAG Awards red carpet. “It’s a bit confusing, but I roll with it.”
We would definitely swipe right on that Tinder profile
As far as we know, Pitt is single, but we highly doubt he is searching for love online. Still, that didn’t stop him from joking about it.
“I’m going to add this to my Tinder profile,” he riffed while accepting his SAG Award.
Plenty more Brad-isms came from that night, too. Apparently, he had come down with the flu and was “very contagious.”
“Make sure you guys Purell up,” he joked to USA TODAY. “Why do you think I’m wearing this coat, man? I’m just trying to stay warm.”
His award-winning role wasn’t a stretch
Swiping right? Hold the phone. Pitt also poked fun at himself – and perhaps his failed marriages to Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie – in his SAG speech.
“Let’s be honest, it was a difficult part,” Pitt joked about “Once Upon a Time.” “A guy who gets high, takes his shirt off and doesn’t get on with his wife. It was a big stretch. Big.”
The cameras panned to Aniston, who grinned and clapped. She won an award shortly after and Pitt stopped what he was doing to watch her speech backstage.
The pair caused a frenzy when they were pictured together celebrating their wins.
‘I took the red pill’
Pitt received the Leonard Maltin Modern Master Award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and dropped a hilarious bomb when he hesitantly acknowledged that he turned down a role in “The Matrix.” THE. MATRIX.
“I took the red pill,” he said with a smile and without missing a beat.
In the film, Neo (the role ultimately went to Keanu Reeves), is offered a red pill or a blue pill. He chooses the red pill, which shows him “the truth,” although it may be unpleasant. The blue pill represents the choice to remain in ignorance.
“If we were doing a show on the great movies I’ve passed on, we would need two nights,” Pitt joked.
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Bradley Cooper is a ‘sweetheart’ who helped Pitt get sober
It hasn’t been all jokes for Pitt, though. His frankness also came out when he accepted best supporting actor at the National Board of Review awards gala. He dedicated part of his speech to Cooper.
“Bradley just put his daughter to bed and then rushed over to do this. He’s a sweetheart.” Pitt said. “I got sober because of this guy, and every day’s been happier ever since. I love you, and I thank you.”
Pitt has been open about his struggle with sobriety before. In an interview with the New York Times last year, Pitt revealed he spent more than a year in Alcoholics Anonymous after splitting with Jolie.
Contributing: Bryan Alexander, Andrea Mandell, Rasha Ali, Sara M. Moniuszko, David Oliver and Hannah Yasharoff