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Brad Pitt

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Brad Pitt thought his luggage felt a little light when he left Italy last summer.

In town to do some good and herald the premiere of his new film, Burn After Reading, the actor was unexpectedly presented Wednesday with the Best Actor trophy he won last year for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford during the opening ceremony of the 65th Venice International Film Festival.

"You can run but you can't hide," Pitt said, accepting the engraved gold cup from the mistress of ceremonies, who also congratulated him on the twin additions to his family.

"It was an honor to receive this last year and it's an honor to receive it this year. Thank you very much."

The party followed the festival-opening premiere of Burn After Reading, the latest dark comedy wrought by Oscar winners Joel and Ethan Coen, in which a dorked-out Pitt costars with George Clooney, Frances McDormand and John Malkovich. The film is screening out of competition.