Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World (1996).
His first starring role in a feature film was in The Dark Side of the Sun (1988), shot in pre-war Yugoslavia during the summer of 1988. As editing neared completion, civil war broke out in the region and much of the footage was lost. In 1996, after a five-year search, all of the lost footage was found and returned to producer Andjelo Arandjelovic, who is working on getting a distribution deal. Pitt was paid $1,523 per week for seven weeks. He played a young American taken by his family to the Adriatic Sea to search for a cure for a rare skin disease.
As of 2014, has appeared in six films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Babel (2006), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Inglourious Basterds (2009), The Tree of Life (2011), Moneyball (2011) and 12 Years a Slave (2013), the last one won the Oscar in the category. In addition, Pitt produced the Oscar winning The Departed (2006).
Considers One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Fitzcarraldo (1982) and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) among his personal favorite movies.
He and Russell Crowe were director Ridley Scott's first two choices for the lead in American Gangster (2007). Crowe was eventually cast.