Whatever you may think about Brad Pitt as an actor, or celebrity, you can’t deny his name is easy to get right. It’s just two syllables, with some soft consonants and a long vowel in the first half and a short, sharp second. Brad. Pitt. Brad Pitt. Braaaaad. Pitt. Easy peasy.
He possibly hasn’t had to spend a lot of time explaining to people how to make these noises in order to say his name, which makes his decision to fully explain how to pronounce that of David Oyelowo all the more admirable.
And how better to do so than from the stage of the Palm Springs Film Festival, just as he’s about to give hand over a breakthrough award for David’s performance as Dr. Martin Luther King in Selma (a film Brad produced), in the form of a song?
David’s response? “You know you have broken through when Brad Pitt sings your name.”
David wasn’t the only British winner on the night. Eddie Redmayne won a Desert Palm Achievement Award for his portrayal of Professor Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, and Rosamund Pike was awarded a breakthrough trophy for her unsettling turn in Gone Girl.
The Imitation Game won the ensemble performance award, with Benedict Cumberbatch (who also has a very musical name) joking that Keira Knightley’s absence from the stage was because she “thought the awards were being held in Palm Beach.”
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