On Dec. 18, 1963 in Shawnee, Okla., William Bradley Pitt was born to Jane Etta and William Alvin Pitt. 48 years later, William -- better known to you as Brad -- has become one of the biggest movie stars in the world thanks to his performances ('Se7en,' 'Fight Club,' 'Ocean's 11,' 'Moneyball') and relationships. (Did you know Pitt once dated Gwyneth Paltrow and was married to Jennifer Aniston before his current long-term pact with Angelina Jolie? Me neither!) 2011 might have been Pitt's best year yet: in addition to continuing his successful coupling with Jolie, the actor starred in two likely Best Picture contenders, 'The Tree of Life' and 'Moneyball,' the latter of which has him in the thick of the Best Actor race. In honor of Pitt's happy day, let's remember his finest onscreen moment.
Pitt is unbelievable in 'Moneyball' and probably deserves and Oscar for his work in that film (he also probably won't get it); you also can't go wrong with anything he did in 'Fight Club,' 'Se7en,' 'Inglourious Basterds' or 'The Assassination of Jesse James.' But, for his birthday, let's remember Pitt as burnt-out stoner Floyd in 'True Romance,' the guy who smokes pot out of a honey bear and doesn't like to get con-des-cended to by mobsters (in this case, a very, very young James Gandolfini). Cheers, Floyd! Cheers, Brad! Have a great birthday!
- 11. Uggie, 'The Artist'
- 10. Corey Stoll, 'Midnight in Paris'
- 9. Ryan Gosling, 'Drive'
- 8. Kristen Wiig, 'Bridesmaids'
- 7. Michelle Williams, 'My Week With Marilyn'
- 6. Meryl Streep, 'The Iron Lady'
- 5. Michael Fassbender, 'Shame'
- 4. Albert Brooks, 'Drive'
- 3. Charlize Theron, 'Young Adult'
- 2. Brad Pitt, 'Moneyball'
- 1. Rooney Mara, 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'
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