There’s Oscar buzz surrounding Brad Pitt’s latest movie Moneyball and there’s good reason. It’s that good.

The film tells the story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt at putting together a baseball club on a budget, by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players. It’s inspiring and it tells one great story. Between Brad Pitt and the supporting cast (which includes the likes of Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman), it’s a must-see.

Since Brad is on fire right now and he just might have one of those golden statues in his hand come February, I thought it would be fun to take a short look at Brad’s career. He started off with humble beginnings landing small roles, but the day he landed a role in a Robert Redford film – well, the rest is history as they say.

The Early Years

After dropping out of college and packing up his things, Brad headed to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. It took him seven months to secure an agent and a few acting jobs, including roles in shows like Dallas, Growing Pains, and Another World.

He also nabbed a few minutes of big screen time in Thelma and Louise, which made him an instant sex symbol. He made a rumored $6,000 for the role. He hasn’t seen a salary number so low since.

Bigger Roles Get Him Noticed

When I think of Brad Pitt’s early years, there is one film that really comes to mind – A River Runs Through It, which was directed by the talented Robert Redford. The film went on to win an Academy Award for Best Cinematography in 1993 and Brad Pitt went on to  secure even more film roles, such as An Interview with a Vampire, alongside Tom Cruise.

On His Way to Blockbuster Hits

Like all A-list actors, you have your successes and your flops. Brad went on to star in films that didn’t do as well as one would hope (The Mexican and Troy) — but also several that were a huge success in his fans’ eyes (Ocean’s 11 and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford).

In 2005 Brad starred in Mr. and Mrs. Smith with Angelina Jolie and it was obvious to everyone, there was on-screen and off-screen chemistry. The film did really well, bringing in more than $100 million at the box office.

It seemed Brad was on a role with films like Burn After Reading, which earned two Golden Globe nominations and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, where Brad received an Oscar nod.

Where Is He Now?

Brad Pitt is by far an A-list actor and now earns upwards of $20 million (or more) per film. He travels the world making and producing films, as well as being a family man with his partner Angelina Jolie and their 6 kids.

If you take one look at his IMDB profile, you can see he is stacked with projects as both a producer and actor. There is more Brad Pitt goodness to come.

I can’t wait to hear if Brad is nominated for an Oscar for his role in Moneyball. My guess is yes and I believe it would be well-deserved.