I can only imagine that it’s always been great to be Brad Pitt, but right now he seems to be having an extra-special career moment, on top of turning 56 … today! Let us list all of the ways in which Brad is winning at life right now, shall we?

First off, he might be up for his seventh Oscar nomination and first acting win of his career (his only gold statue to date was for being a producer of Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave in 2013). And good news! You can now check out the movie that might bring home the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for him, as it’s now at the Box and Redbox On Demand. It’s Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and it is quite spectacular, even though audiences are divided over its controversial ending. But we’re talking about a Quentin Tarantino movie here, and it wouldn’t BE a Quentin Tarantino movie without controversy.

This one is “historical fiction,” if you will. It follows two made-up characters — actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his world-weary stunt double/handy-man Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) — through the ups and downs of Rick’s career, and shows how their (fake) lives came to intersect with the real actress Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie).

It’s already been named one of the 10 best films of the year by Time magazine, the American Film Institute and the National Board of Review, has five Golden Globe nominations (including Best Picture – Musical or Comedy) and has racked up dozens and dozens and dozens of awards nominations and wins from other critic groups around the country. Including my own! Last week the Chicago Film Critics Association awarded Pitt with Best Supporting Actor and production members Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh with Best Art Direction / Production Design. That’s because they helped recreate Hollywood in 1969 down to the very last detail — an amazing feat.

And let’s not forget about Pitt’s other 2019 film, the space drama Ad Astra, where everyone agreed his performance was out of this world. (See what I did there?) While there hasn’t been much Best Actor buzz for Pitt at this point — due to the high number of other stunning performances in recent releases more than anything else — award pundits do think the film has a fair chance of winning some “below the line” technical awards for visual effects, cinematography and production design.

Looking forward, Pitt’s 56th year on THIS planet will be full of a lot of behind-the-scenes work, as he’s serving as a producer on no less than four high-profile 2020 movies: Kajillionaire, Blonde, Irresistible and Manari. So far he hasn’t signed on as an actor for any upcoming roles, especially now that the World War Z sequel got the kibosh. Boo.

But hey, that’s OK — he deserves a rest. After a high-profile split with Angelina Jolie that was finalized in April, hope remains eternal amongst some fans that he might get back together with his ex-wife Jennifer Aniston, especially after he attended her 50th birthday party this year and her annual tree-trimming party last week. However, I would bet good money that they’ll remind just Friends. (See what I did there… again?)

Happy birthday, Brad! We’ll be rooting for you on Oscar night!

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