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Brad Pitt scores Emmy nod for playing Fauci on ‘Saturday Night Live’



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Three minutes, a gray wig and a secure WiFi connection earned Brad Pitt an Emmy nomination Tuesday.

The Oscar winner was lauded for his appearance in a remote episode of “Saturday Night Live” on April 25 portraying Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, whose presence has provided a steadying force to many Americans during the pandemic. 

“First, I’d like to thank all the older women in America who have sent me inspiring — and sometimes graphic  — emails,” Pitt’s Fauci began in the show’s cold open segment. 

Then he began to decode mixed messages coming from the White House, from rumors that President Trump planned to fire him to a stunned look at the suggestion one could inject oneself with disinfectant.

Pitt concluded by removing his glasses and wig to address “the real Dr. Fauci”: “Thank you for your calm and your clarity in this unnerving time. And thank you to the medical workers, first responders and their families for being on the front line. And now, live — kinda  — from all across America, it’s Saturday Night.”

The appearance earned praise from the real Fauci.

“I think he did great,” Fauci told Telemundo’s “Un Nuevo Dia.” “I’m a great fan of Brad Pitt, and that’s the reason why when people ask me who I would like to play me I mention Brad Pitt. He’s one of my favorite actors. I think he did a great job.”

Fauci added that he also appreciated what Pitt added to the end of the skit.

“I think he showed that he is really a classy guy when at the end he took off his hair and thanked me and all of the health care workers,” he said. “So, not only is he a really great actor but he is actually a classy person.”

Pitt won the best-actor Oscar for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” in February. He previously won an Emmy in 2014 for producing HBO’s “The Normal Heart” and earned an Emmy nomination in 2002 for his guest starring appearing in an episode of “Friends,” when he was then married to Jennifer Aniston.

Of course, many fans noticed Aniston scored a nomination Tuesday as well, for best lead actress in a drama for “The Morning Show.”

But any glam awards show run-ins at the Emmys akin to the former couple’s warm reunion at this year’s SAG Awards are slim. The Emmys, to be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will likely be a virtual affair come Sept. 20, though the Television Academy has yet to announce plans for the show.

“I don’t know where we will do this or how we will do this or even why we are doing this, but we are doing it and I am hosting it,” Kimmel previously said in a statement. 

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