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Pitt Wins Top Venice Award

Pitt Wins Top Venice Award

Brad Pitt scooped up the Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festival for his role as America’s most notorious outlaw in The Assassination of Jesse James by The Coward Robert Ford.

“I was stunned,” Brad said. “My first reaction was, ‘Huh?’ I did not expect it. It’s a great honor. I am honored to be part of the list of actors who won this award. I’m still processing this.” Congratulations, Mr. Bradley!

Pitt‘s Babel co-star Cate Blanchett also picked up best actress for her role in the biopic of Bob Dylan, I’m Not There. Both Brad and Cate couldn’t make it to the awards ceremony.

Ang Lee‘s Lust, Caution won the Golden Lion for best film, just two years after winning with Brokeback Mountain.

Put on your dancing shoes, it’s time to party!

Pictures below include Angelina Jolie picking up son Maddox, 6, from his French school in NYC’s Upper East Side on Friday afternoon.

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Yay (that’s what it looks like Brad is saying in that picture, LOL!). Congratulations to Brad and all the other winners. Really good news.

Thanks JJ for the news.

WTG Brad, Cate and Ang Lee!

Thanks, Jared.

Are they required to give and exceptance speech if so i wonder what he said….not like he is going to mention angie and the kids but still it would be nice to know what he said.

“My family comes first policy has made making movies more enjoyable,” he confirmed. “I don’t feel defined by what I do and that makes me feel good doing it.”

Thank you Brad for telling it like it is. FAMILY COMES FIRST!!!

Jesse Fan @ 09/08/2007 at 3:42 pm

Must be sweet for both Brad and Cate winning at the same festival.

Angie is in Toronto @ 09/08/2007 at 3:42 pm

Brad Pitt scores a hit, award with Jesse James

Fresh off a Best Actor award from the Venice Film Festival, Brad Pitt talks to the Post’s Bob Thompson about his new film The Assassination of Jesse James by The Coward Robert Ford and the pitter patter of little feet:

After the Venice Film Festival, Brad Pitt and his Angelina Jolie family entourage found themselves completing their world film festival tour with a stop in Toronto Saturday.

That’s where he got to celebrate Pitt’s Venice Film Festival best actor award for his The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford.

Before they got to Hogtown, though, Pitt also proclaimed for all to hear that he
wants to have another child. And we should all go ahead and assume the
making of that potential baby would be with Jolie. Together the couple already have four kids, including a 15-month-old girl Jolie gave birth to.

On the professional front, Pitt proudly showcased his cowboy picture at the
Toronto International Film Festival. Screening at the Elgin Visa Theatre
Saturday night, Jesse James shows itself to be an artistic cowboy picture about heroes and villains and a lot of the in between.

Pitt, naturally, plays Jesse James. The outlaw’s brooding and paranoid and in the
final year of his rampaging. So don’t expect quick draws and saloon brawls.
Ain’t what this western’s about.

Filmed more than two years ago mostly outside of Calgary and Winnipeg, the movie is a mostly reflective artsy oater by Aussie director Andrew Dominik who fine-tunes the performances each and every way.

Pitt and especially Casey Affleck who plays the coward Ford, give
Oscar-worthy performances although both seemed slightly uncomfortable about
the accolades offered them at a jammed Four Seasons Hotel Saturday before the screening.

In an interview with the National Post, Pitt admitted the three year long edit of “the complicated and psychological film” was worth the wait because they released the drama they had intended to make.

Some pundits predicted the picture was in trouble last year, but the Ocean’s Thirteen star said nothing could be farther from the truth. He said when director Dominik missed a release date last fall they both decided to wait for a following autumn release.

Their decision seems to have paid off. Pitt said he is especially thrilled with Affleck’s performance. “He’s always been more than he’s showed us and now he finally gets to prove it,” said Pitt.

In fact, the US$30-milion film is getting positive notices at the Toronto festival after winning over critics at Venice which is where Pitt suggested he might want to have another child.

He wouldn’t go that far in Toronto but he maintained his new family is the most important thing to him for many different reasons.

“My family comes first policy has made making movies more enjoyable,” he confirmed. “I don’t feel defined by what I do and that makes me feel good doing it.”

Speaking of family, Pitt smiled when he was asked if he could escape George Clooney who was in a Four Seasons suite a few doors down promoting Toronto festival film Michael Clayton. They both had been in Venice doing their festival thing. And both are currently together again on a Coen Brothers picture being shot in New York called Burn After Reading.

So did Clooney, a Coen veteran, give Pitt any advice on working with the brothers? “We don’t give that much advice to each other just a lot sarcasm,” he said.

http://communities.canada.com/nationalpost/blogs/theampersand/archive/2007/09/08/brad-pitt-scores-a-hit-award-with-jesse-james.aspx

Congrats to Brad.

congratulation, Brad, you won. You deserve to win every award of this year.

Pitt and especially Casey Affleck who plays the coward Ford, give
Oscar-worthy performances although both seemed slightly uncomfortable about
the accolades offered them at a jammed Four Seasons Hotel Saturday before the screening.
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what this means?

How stupid does Ted C. look now for saying the film sucks and Brad’s trying to distance himself it? Ha!

30 KK1 : 09/08/2007 at 3:42 pm
“My family comes first policy has made making movies more enjoyable,” he confirmed. “I don’t feel defined by what I do and that makes me feel good doing it.”

Thank you Brad for telling it like it is. FAMILY COMES FIRST!!!

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BUT NKOW HE NOT SAID THAT THEY WANT OTHER CHILD OH OH THIS SMELL BAD

In fact, the US$30-milion film is getting positive notices at the Toronto festival after winning over critics at Venice which is where Pitt suggested he might want to have another child.

He wouldn’t go that far in Toronto but he maintained his new family is the most important thing to him for many different reasons.

“My family comes first policy has made making movies more enjoyable,” he confirmed. “I don’t feel defined by what I do and that makes me feel good doing it.”

Congratulation to you, Brad.

[~Famous~] @ 09/08/2007 at 3:47 pm

who screamed popularity contest?!? stop it, we all know brad didn’t win because of his personal life! give the man his credit.

jared, your keeping the 2 a day streak going i see. smh, dancing on his own site, sad.

I am so happy both Brad and Cate won, congratulation.

Brad so happy for you, congratulations from oklahoma.

CONGRATULATIONS Bradley!!!! Of course Cate too :-)

JARED, you are the best.

It’s party time!!!

38 why : 09/08/2007 at 3:47 pm
BUT NKOW HE NOT SAID THAT THEY WANT OTHER CHILD OH OH THIS SMELL BAD
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Another moron LOL…that you d.j.?

Why does he need to reiterate what he ALREADY said? LOL That smell is you in front of the computer too long. Go take a bath and have a nap. Your delusional.

roastbeef sandwich.
angie eat one.

‘The Assassination of Jesse James’: Brad Pitt perfect as celebrity outlaw in classic western

Geoff Pevere
MOVIE CRITIC

The most ritualistic of movie narrative forms, the western has always had its own death hard-wired into its soul. No popular movie genre is more nostalgic or melancholic by nature, and none is more fixated on the transcendent necessity of dying. Legends are born when the flesh expires.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, the second film (after 2000′s Chopper) written and directed by 40 year-old New Zealander Andrew Dominik, is like an extended death ballad, an account of the final days of the famed Missouri desperado and ex-Confederate Jesse James (Brad Pitt) that manages to breathe vitality into the western movie as a popular art form at the same time that it so magisterially administers the last rites.

To a genre that’s itself been pronounced deceased more times than Jesse James’s death – at the hand of the “dirty little coward” Robert Ford (Casey Affleck in the current enactment) – has been dramatized, we may have to make room in the tomb for another classic.

Based on the superb 1983 novel by Ron Hansen, The Assassination of Jesse James … begins with the arrival of the sadly starstruck 19 year-old Bob Ford (a fetchingly creepy and sad performance by Affleck) at the James’s gang forest hideout on the eve of what will be the already famed outfit’s final train robbery.

Coldly rebuffed by Jesse’s taciturn older brother Frank (Sam Shepard), and subsequently patronized by the distracted and self-possessed Jesse (whose prematurely seasoned 34 years are in no way ill-suited to the over-40 Pitt), Ford assumes the role that will become his mythic destiny: as the man who will ultimately betray the object of his wounded obsession, and who will be forced to live out his remaining days as one of history’s most despised and trod-upon footnotes. He’s a precursor to all those pathetic nobodies who must kill their idols for a place in history, and the frontier Judas of American folklore.

After Frank departs for the East (where he will live long enough to live out the contradictions of his own legend), Jesse is left with both the scruffy remains of his gang – including Bob’s brother Charley (Sam Rockwell), his cousin Wood Hite (Jeremy Renner), the bloomer-chasing **** Liddel (Paul Schneider) and not overly intellectual Ed Miller (Garret Dillahunt) – and the demons of his own unsettled psyche.

While Affleck’s cipher-like Bob Ford provides the movie’s romantically distorted, quietly tormented point of view, Pitt is magnetic as Jesse, an intelligent but paranoid man, driven into hiding by his own reputation, and worn into early decline by the certainty of his own death. He never sleeps, wears his gunbelts constantly, and is prone to mood-swings that can be terrifying in their intensity.

Spending most of the movie either riding alone on quests for vengeance – one of which leads to an especially savage beating of an innocent teenage boy – or staring with suspicious conviction at potential betrayers, Pitt’s Jesse James is a man imprisoned within his own celebrity. At one point, we’re told Jesse is the only American Europeans know besides Mark Twain – driven virtually insane by what he has become and tortured by the peace he’ll never have.

Overlaid with a quietly ironic narration that suggests the influence of Badlands’ Terrence Malick, and shot in Alberta by the estimable Roger Deakins in a manner that frequently gives the edges of the frame a prismatic quality, The Assassination of Jesse James … is itself a movie that plays out somewhere between the realm of self-conscious myth and grimy human tragedy.

It’s a western destined to outlive the pronouncements of its own death, because it knows that death is only the first stage in the life of legend.

37 mak : 09/08/2007 at 3:46 pm

How stupid does Ted C. look now for saying the film sucks and Brad’s trying to distance himself it? Ha
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Ted’s just mad he didn’t get in the screening :)

32 Angie is in Toronto :
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from the article, seems the whole family is in Toronto. I really hope so, they can celebrate Brad’s won big time.

Wow! congratulation.

Yay! Congrats Brad! And congrats to the lovely and talented Jolie-Pitt family!!

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