Brad Pitt poked fun at both “Brexit” and “Megxit” while having Margot Robbie accept his award for best supporting actor at the 2020 BAFTAs.
The 56-year-old celebrity was unable to attend the event at the Royal Albert Hall in London but tasked his “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” co-star with accepting the accolade on his behalf and reading a few tongue-in-cheek remarks he had prepared.
Robbie took the stage to note that she regrets that Pitt couldn’t attend due to “family obligations” before reading a few excerpts from his planned speech. Margot Robbie said on his behalf:
“Brad couldn’t be here tonight due to family obligations, so he asked me to read his response for him, thank you to the Academy for this extreme honor. He says he’s ‘always been a bit intimidated over here given the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and the titans that have come before, so this is especially meaningful,’”
After thanking a slew of the people that worked with him on “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Margot Robbie read:
“He starts by saying, ‘Hey Britain. Heard you just became single. Welcome to the club,’”
Referencing the U.K.’s decision to leave the European Union, which became official last week. But it was his next swipe that really drew a reaction from the audience and from two very special attendees in particular.
Pitt’s speech took a jab at Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s recent decision to step back from their senior royal duties, relinquish their “royal highness” titles and live financially independent of the crown in both North America and the U.K.
BAFTA president Prince William and his wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, were front and centre as Margot then read aloud a joke about the other headline-grabbing British breakup: the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to step back from their royal duties and to relocate to the other side of the Atlantic. Holding up the trophy Margot Robbie read:
“He says that he is going to name this Harry,”
“Because he is really excited about bringing it back to the states with him… His words, not mine!”
Pitt has been bringing the laughs throughout awards season as his role in the Quentin Tarantino-directed movie continues to land him accolades. Speaking at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards, Pitt cracked a joke about his high-profile dating life. The star joked:
“I wanted to bring my mom, but I couldn’t because, any woman I stand next to, they say I’m dating… and it would just be awkward,”
Soon after at the 2020 SAG awards, he got inspired chuckles once again by joking that he wanted to add his win to his Tinder profile.