The only thing that fans will remember from this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards was the sweet backstage reunion between Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt.
Pitt was photographed applauding Aniston on her win at the SAG awards, and Getty photographer Emma McIntrye was in the prime position to capture the viral moment.
“This was my fourth year shooting in this backstage position,” McIntyre exclusively told People. “The moments are really joyful and there are often encounters between winners in this area. I try and capture as many of these celebratory moments as I can.
“It’s always fun to capture spontaneous run-ins between actors.”
McIntyre wasn’t aware what was about to unfold until Aniston won Best Actress in a Drama Series for The Morning Show (titled Morning Wars in Australia) soon after Pitt took out the trophy for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
They had a touching reunion where they smiled at each other, and Pitt affectionately grabbed Aniston’s hand as she turned to walk away.
“[They were both backstage] doing the circuit of awards press,” McIntyre said. “Jennifer had just signed some posters for SAG and was about to walk the press line. I was running back and forth between the two backstage areas and had just taken some photos of Jennifer. I was about to leave when I saw Brad coming down the hallway and sensed there would be a photo-worthy moment.”
She was in the right place at the right time.
“He called out ‘Aniston!’ and she turned around and they embraced and congratulated each other,” McIntyre revealed. “It was a moment of two accomplished people at the top of their game, acknowledging each other’s successes and genuinely seeming happy to see one another.”
She added, “The moment was really touching and you could sense the respect between two people who have known each other 20+ years and are both outstanding in their field.”
It wasn’t long before the snap of the exes broke the internet, with many fans expressing their desperation to see Aniston and Pitt get back together.
Aniston and Pitt split in 2005 after five years of marriage. Pitt went on to marry Angelina Jolie and Aniston tied the knot with Justin Theroux in 2015. Both couples have since split.