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Entertainment Brad Pitt's Impeachment Nod to Iowa Caucus Quips: Oscars' Most Political Moments

09:30  10 february  2020
09:30  10 february  2020 Source:   hollywoodreporter.com

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Gather hundreds of entertainment-industry types in a room and allow them speeches months before a presidential election, and discussion of politics is bound to ensue — as it did at Sunday night's Academy Awards.

Addressing the fact that the Academy had a famous best picture category mishap in 2017, Steve Martin said during his and Chris Rock's opening monologue. "They have guaranteed this will not happen this year because the Academy has switched to the new Iowa caucus app." (Martin was making light of the Democratic caucus counting mishap in the state earlier in the week.)

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Brad Pitt accepts the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for © Thomson Reuters Brad Pitt accepts the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" at the 92nd Academy Awards in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S., February 9, 2020. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Brad Pitt also made a nod to U.S. politics during his acceptance speech for best supporting actor for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. "They told me I have 45 seconds this year, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week," Pitt said, referring to the lack of witnesses during the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

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During Josh Gad's introduction to Idina Menzel's performance of a song from Frozen 2, the actor nodded to international distribution for the film: "Frozen 2, or as climate change deniers call it, NotFrozen 2, has been dubbed in 45 countries around the world," he said. Speaking about voice over actors who dub movies internationally, he added, "Canadian Elsa is basically the same, but with healthcare." 

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The remarks follow an awards season of heightened political activism from some nominees, notably animal rights activist Joaquin Phoenix, whose behind-the-scenes lobbying efforts led the Golden Globes to go all-vegan. (The Critics' Choice Awards, SAG Awards also made the switch, while the Oscar Nominees Luncheon went plant-based.) In his Golden Globes speech, Phoenix additionally called for an end to stars flying private jets to nearby events, including the Palm Springs Film Festival.

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During the Golden Globes, host Ricky Gervais explicitly told the night's winners not to get political in their speeches while highlighting the economic inequality between viewers and the honorees of the ceremony with his risqué speech. "You're in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg," he remarked.

Of course, the Academy found themselves in the hot seat when nominations were revealed in mid-January and few creators of color received nods: 19 of the 20 acting nominees were white, while all the directing nominees were white men.

The 92nd annual Academy Awards took place at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood and were televised live on ABC.

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