Brad Pitt is back on the award circuit.
Although the 54-year-old actor skipped the red carpet at the 2018 Hollywood Film Awards in Beverly Hills last night, Pitt made a splash when he made a surprise appearance onstage to present Beautiful Boy filmmaker Felix van Groeningen with the Breakthrough Director Award.
Pitt, whose last official public appearance was at the Gersh Oscars party in March, co-produced the buzzy drama for Plan B Entertainment. Based on twin memoirs—David Sheff's Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction and Nic Sheff's Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines—the movie stars Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet as the two Sheffs.
"Tonight we honor Belgium's Felix van Groeningen for the Breakthrough Director of the Year. Truthful storytelling, as natural as it should be—as unnatural as it often is—does not, in fact, come easy. To do so takes brutal self-reflection, vulnerability and a light touch," Pitt told the room of A-listers. "I can think of no finer example than Felix van Groeningen's devastating and beautiful film, The Broken Circle Breakdown, Oscar-nominated in 2014 for Best Foreign Feature Film. In his latest film—and first feature in the English language, Beautiful Boy—Felix adapts real life father and son memoirs from David and Nic Sheff, illuminating the perils and challenges of addiction, achingly portrayed by Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet. Beautiful Boy illustrates an unwavering commitment to each other, and the belief in unconditional love, above all of us."