Talking about the impact his kids have had on him, the actor said, "I hadn't cried in, like, 20, years, and now I find myself, at this latter stage, much more moved."
Brad Pitt had once revealed that his dad always wanted to give him a better life than he had and it makes him think, as a dad, what could he offer to his kids that is better than what he has. While there's no doubt that he has the means to make a lot of luxuries and privileges available for his kids, when he won an Oscar, his first ever for acting, the actor dedicated one of his greatest earnings to his kids. And the 56-year-old father-of-six was seen getting visibly emotional on stage.
Pitt won his first Oscar for acting for his portrayal of Cliff Booth in Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In...Hollywood and he couldn't help but tear up while holding his award. The year 2019 was a tough year for the actor with him getting divorced after a 3-year-long custody battle with ex-wife Angelina Jolie coming to an end. He had also had his bout with alcoholism after his separation from Jolie and the kids.
"What I realized is that I was running to avoid tough feelings, painful feelings," Harper's Bazaar quoted him. But he gradually overcame that phase and became sober. So now that he finally laid his hands on the golden trophy in a once-in-a-lifetime moment, the actor was overwhelmed with emotion on stage.
In his shaky voice, Brad Pitt dedicated the massive win to his kids who, he had earlier confessed, have made him more sensitive. "This is for my kids who color everything I do. I adore you," he said.
The actor and ex-wife Angelina Jolie have six kids together: Maddox, 18, Pax, 16, Zahara, 15, Shiloh, 13, and Vivienne and Knox, both 11.
Talking about the impact his kids have had on him, the actor said, "I hadn't cried in, like, 20, years, and now I find myself, at this latter stage, much more moved," Interview Magazine quoted him. "Moved by my kids, moved by friends, moved by the news. Just moved," he confessed.
He added, "I think it’s a good sign. I don’t know where it’s going, but I think it’s a good sign."
Narrating his experience as a son and later as a father, he had once said, "My individual experience is somewhat universal, in the fact that you know our parents, our universe, our gods, our first imprint on on how to behave, react, feel in the world." He added, "And with that, to different degrees, some of us more than others, carry pain and confusion from that. I think it almost takes a lifetime to understand what was yours, and what was theirs."
"My dad always said he wanted to give me a better life than he had coming from extreme poverty, and he did it. And it makes me think, as a dad, what do I have to offer that's better than I had, to my kids?"
Therefore, talking about his kids on one of the most revered platforms, he teared up and shared his vulnerable, paternal side on one of the biggest platforms in the world.