Hollywood is losing one of its most formidable power couples with the recent announcement that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are calling it quits.
Jolie, 41, and Pitt, 52, were reported to have fallen for each other on the set of "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," a 2005 sultry spy thriller that brought together two of the biggest actors in the movie business, as well as two of its biggest sex symbols. The pair has only worked together once more since then, starring in the mixed-reviewed "By the Sea," a film that was written and directed by Jolie last year.
So which actor has a more accomplished resume? Here is a breakdown of how Jolie and Pitt's careers compare over five categories.
Jolie's first true commercial hit was 2000's "Gone in Sixty Seconds," her first $100 million-grossing movie, according to Box Office Mojo. Since that time, Jolie has starred in nine more movies that have crossed the $100 million mark, most recently with 2016's "Kung Fu Panda 3."
Pitt has had 11 movies gross over $100 million, dating all the way back to 1994's "Interview with a Vampire" and 1995's "Seven."
The highest grossing movie between the two of them, however, is Jolie's "Malificent," which hauled in over $241 million in 2015. In fact, Jolie's second highest grossing movie, 2008's "Kung Fu Panda" with over $215 million, also beats Pitt's highest grossing movie, 2015's "World War Z," which pulled in just over $202 million.
Jolie has the edge in this category.
Both Jolie and Pitt have impressive awards resumes. Pitt won a Golden Globe in 1996 for Best Supporting Actor for "Twelve Monkeys." He has four more acting Golden Globe nominations to go along with three acting nominations at the Oscars for films including 2011's "Moneyball" and 2008's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." Pitt won a Oscar in 2014 for producing the Best Picture winner "12 Years a Slave," but the award came as part of a producing team. He also has been nominated at the Oscars for producing 2015's "The Big Short" and "Moneyball."
Jolie, however, won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for 1999's "Girl, Interrupted." She picked up another nomination in 2009 in the leading actress category for "Changeling." Jolie has won three Golden Globes out of six nominations.
That means while Pitt might have the edge in number of Oscar nominations, Jolie has the trophy, so she wins this category, too.
Behind The Camera
Since 2007, Jolie has developed into an established director behind the camera, starting with the documentary "A Place in Time." She went on to direct 20011's "In the Land of Milk and Honey" and 2014's "Unbroken," the later of which picked up multiple Oscar nominations.
Pitt, at the helm of his Plan B, production company, has helped to produce dozens of the most acclaimed and popular movies and TV shows of the last decade. He has been behind everything from the aforementioned "12 Years a Slave" and "The Big Short," to the "Kick Ass" movies, to current Oscar contender "Moonlight." "12 Years a Slave" reportedly would not have been made if Pitt had not stepped in to secure funding for the film.
In short, Pitt takes home top honors here.
A quick glance at the Rotten Tomatoes pages for both Jolie and Pitt reveals that critics have been much kinder to Pitt than to Jolie over the course of their acting careers. Of all of their movies that qualified for a rating score on the site — Rotten Tomatoes determines an aggregate percentage of critics' favorable reviews — 12 of Jolie's movie's received a "fresh," or positive score, while 26 received a "rotten" or negative score. For Pitt, 41 of his movies received a positive score, while just 21 received a negative score.
Pitt's numbers here are inflated in part because he has appeared in far more movies and has been much more willing over the course of his career to play supporting roles in larger ensemble films. However, some credit must be given to Pitt for taste. The actor has managed to be a key cog in multiple movies that have gone on to be either cult favorites or universally acclaimed classics, such as "Ocean's Eleven," "Fight Club," "The Departed," "Inglorious Bastards," "Twelve Monkeys" and "Being John Malkovich."
Has Pitt's path to juicy roles with prestigious directors been easier because he is a white man, compared to Jolie? Perhaps. But it is hard not to give Pitt the edge in this category.
Pitt has starred in bigger, more iconic movies, but Jolie has the directing chops, an Oscar and has been more heavily relied upon to carry a movie, as opposed to serving in an ensemble. While Pitt will likely continue to score enviable roles surrounded by A-list talent, if you had to put your money on one of these actors for one movie, the better bet might be on Jolie.