2020 Emmy nominations are out. And as the entertainment industry waits to resume production amid the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), fans are studying the vast list of nominations for snobs and surprises. Of course, Brad Pitt’s nomination falls into the latter category, especially given his lack of time on the screen.
Brad Pitt won his first acting Oscar in 2020
Professionally, 2020 has been a great year for Pitt. The actor won his first acting Oscar in February for his performance in Quentin Tarantino Once upon a time in Hollywood. But Pitt had already won a statuette for best film as a producer 12 year old slave.
Pitt’s Best Supporting Actor Winner since Cliff Booth was actually his fourth nomination for an actor. The actor first arrived in 1996 for Twelve monkeys. And in the following years, he earned an Oscar nod for the curious case of Benjamin Button is The art of winning.
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The actor appeared unexpectedly on “Saturday Night Live”
But his latest award nomination came for his surprise television appearance. Pitt hosted an episode in the home of Saturday Night Live in April 2020. Following Dr. Anthony Fauci’s ironic desire that Pitt could play him on the show, SNL managed to follow him.
Given the nature of the remote episode, Pitt was unable to host a full episode of SNL as is usually the case. Rather, his exceptional guest actor in a comedy series only nods for the cold three-minute opening. In drawing, Dr. Fauci di Pitt denies some misconceptions about the pandemic.
Then, the actor breaks the character to express his thanks to the real Dr. Fauci, the health workers, the first responders and others for their help in the fight against the coronavirus. That sincere message and Pitt’s cheeky cast probably helped Emmy’s voters find a place for him in the candidates of the year.
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Brad Pitt already has an Emmy but not to appear on the screen
Fans can discuss whether Pitt’s brief appearance deserves Emmy’s consideration. But the fact that he slipped into the nominations is perhaps a testimony of the message he sends in the movie. After all, Pitt doesn’t have much to do with TV, making him just an occasional guest.
Despite all his success, Pitt had never “hosted” SNL before. He appeared uncredited in a 1998 episode and lent his voice to a 2002 episode. To date, his only Emmy win has been in 2014 as a TV movie producer The normal heart. Will he secure a second trophy to play Dr. Fauci?