GOLDEN GLOBES 2017

Golden Globes 2017: Brad Pitt’s Appearance Was the Surprise of the Night

Even Matt Damon was shocked.


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Award show attendance is fairly predictable: You get nominated, you show up. With the exception of a few celebrity spouses and plus-ones, we can generally anticipate almost everyone who will walk down the red carpet.

But at this year’s Golden Globe Awards, one unexpected guest gave attendees and television audiences quite the surprise.

More than halfway through the ceremony, Brad Pitt took the stage to present Moonlight. The rare appearance by Pitt is one of the few times that he has been seen in public since his split with Angelina in September.

While the choice of presenter may have seemed random to those who don’t bury their nose in the Hollywood trade papers every morning, it turns out Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B Entertainment, helped to produce the film. In fact, Pitt and Plan B’s productions have become quite a force on the awards circuit in recent year. Other Plan B productions include Selma, 12 Years a Slave, The Big Short, and The Departed.

The actor introduced the movie by saying it was “born of the courage of a group of actors willing to strip to their souls and express their humanism inside mistake and misstep and misdeed.”

Judging by the completely shocked looks on everyone’s faces, it seems like no one, not even fellow A-listers like Matt Damon and Vince Vaughn, knew he was going to walk on stage. While no one may have expected the actor to show up at the ceremony, people seemed very happy to see him.

And while some viewers seemed upset by the fact that the Golden Globes selected a white presenter to introduce Moonlight, many praised the choice and Pitt’s continuous efforts to create films that celebrate diversity.

The film was nominated in six categories, including Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali), Best Supporting Actress (Naomie Harris), Best Director (Barry Jenkins), Best Screenplay and Best Original Score. The film led in number of nominations at the ceremony, second only to La La Land. Moonlight also took home the trophy for Best Motion Picture – Drama.

Golden Globes 2017: See What Everyone Wore on the Red Carpet

Natalie Portman in vintage Prada and Tiffany’s jewelry at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

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Millie Bobby Brown in Jenny Packham at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

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Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

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Blake Lively in Atelier Versace at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

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Helen Lasichanh and Pharrell Williams at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

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Winona Ryder in Viktor & Rolf and Fred Leighton jewelry at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

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Naomi Campbell in Atelier Versace at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

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Drew Barrymore in Monique Lhullier and Harry Winston jewelry at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

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Janelle Monae in custom Armani and Forevermark Diamonds at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

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Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen and Fred Leighton jewelry at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

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Felicity Jones in Gucci at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

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Brie Larson in Rodarte and Forevermark Diamonds at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

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Emily Ratajkowski in Reem Acra at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

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Amy Adams in Tom Ford at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

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Sarah Paulson in Marc Jacobs at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

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Reese Witherspoon in Versace at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

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Lily Collins in Zuhair Murad at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

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Caleb McLaughlin, Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp and Gaten Matarazzo at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

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Kerry Washington in Dolce & Gabbana at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

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Jessica Chastain in Prada at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

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Hailee Steinfeld in Forevermark Diamonds at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

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Issa Rae at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

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Natalie Morales at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

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Sistine, Scarlet, and Sophie Stallone at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

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Ruth Negga in Louis Vuitton and Gemfields x FredLeighton jewelry at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

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Mandy Moore in Naeem Khan at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

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Evan Rachel Wood in Altuzarra at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

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Thandie Newton in Monse and Harry Winston jewelry at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

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Priyanka Chopra at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 08: 74th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS — Pictured: Actress/producer Viola Davis arrives to the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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