Why Brad Pitt sat out the Academy Awards

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Brad Pitt didn't attend the Oscars when Moonlight — produced by his Plan B Entertainment production company — won for best picture.

A source tells THR that Pitt has been otherwise engaged, holed up creating a sculpture at British artist Thomas Houseago's Frogtown studio. Houseago, a well-known sculptor repped locally by Gagosian Gallery, has many fans, including Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis and Flea.

It's unclear what form Pitt's sculpture was taking, but the source added that the design fan, who had been building a substantial art collection with ex-wife Angelina Jolie, had been at it for nearly 10 days. Attempts to reach Houseago's studio were unsuccessful. A rep for Pitt didn't respond to a request for comment.

Sculptures aside, Pitt has plenty on his schedule. As an actor, he's wrapped filming on War Marchine, playing Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal for director David Michod, and he's expected to reprise his role in World War Z 2. As a producer, Pitt is shepherding both of those titles along with Brad's Status, Okja and the miniseries Lewis and Clark.

A version of this story first appeared in the March 17 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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Actor Brad Pitt attends The 'Allied' Fan Event Presented by Paramount Pictures, in Westwood, California, on November 9, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt attends The 'Allied' Fan Event Presented by Paramount Pictures, in Westwood, California, on November 9, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt attends The 'Allied' Fan Event Presented by Paramount Pictures, in Westwood, California, on November 9, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt attends The 'Allied' Fan Event Presented by Paramount Pictures, in Westwood, California, on November 9, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
Actor Brad Pitt attends The 'Allied' Fan Event Presented by Paramount Pictures, in Westwood, California, on November 9, 2016. / AFP / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Marion Cotillard, Brad Pitt arrives at the Fan Event For Paramount Pictures' 'Allied' at Regency Village Theatre on November 9, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Marion Cotillard, Brad Pitt arrives at the Fan Event For Paramount Pictures' 'Allied' at Regency Village Theatre on November 9, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Brad Pitt arrives at the Fan Event For Paramount Pictures' 'Allied' at Regency Village Theatre on November 9, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Actress Marion Cotillard attends the fan event for Paramount Pictures' 'Allied' at the Regency Village Theatre on November 9, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Brad Pitt arrives at the Fan Event For Paramount Pictures' 'Allied' at Regency Village Theatre on November 9, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 09: Brad Pitt arrives at the Fan Event For Paramount Pictures' 'Allied' at Regency Village Theatre on November 9, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
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