Genius! Brad Pitt Reveals His Strategy for Winning an Oscar

The Moneyball star unveils his survival-of-the-fittest concept in an interview on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Could this be the year that Brad Pitt finally brings home his first Oscar? The Moneyball star certainly has a chance, but he is up against some pretty stiff competition, including The Artist breakout Jean Dujardin and his own close friend George Clooney, whose pitch-perfect turn in The Descendants has minted him the front-runner.

While visiting The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Wednesday, Pitt presented his idea for a new, more straightforward way to determine the best-actor winner: survival of the fittest.

"You know what I think they should do? I think we should just put a trophy on the table and like one of those card contests, and we should all just put our hands on it and see who can hold it the longest," the 48-year-old actor joked.

"That is the most awesome idea I've ever heard!" Jon Stewart responded, quickly adding that Pitt -- who's also up for a best picture Oscar as a producer for Moneyball -- might want to improve his film's chance of winning by taking a page from politics and employing smear tactics.

"Why don't they go negative on other movies? The Oscar race is always 'For Your Consideration -- Moneyball,'" said Stewart. "But why not like, 'The Artist -- Go F*** Yourself!' Why not go negative on this guy?"

"I thought about it," Pitt responded. "Clooney took Iowa, New Hampshire. Jean took South Carolina. Florida will probably go to (Gary) Oldman. I'm gonna be hanging out with Ron Paul, so I gotta get in there and mix it up a bit I think."

We'll find out who won -- and whether the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is game for Pitt's idea -- when the Oscars air on Feb. 26. Check out Pitt's Daily Show appearance below!

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