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Oscars 2020 as it happened: Winners, best speeches, biggest moments and more

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Hollywood's biggest night came and went with surprise wins, political moments and a lot of ... singing. "Parasite," Bong Joon Ho's twisted social thriller, took home the biggest prize of the night, winning best picture. Joaquin Phoenix and Renée Zellweger both gave memorable acceptance speeches. And "1917" beat a crowded field for visual effects Oscar.

Catch up on the full night of major moments, musical numbers and our commentary throughout the 92nd Academy Awards.

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Steve Martin and Chris Rock call out the academy in comedy stand-up

Chris Rock and Steve Martin delivered a quick stand-up comedy set in which they slightly called out the academy for not nominating any women in the best director category.

Martin said there's something missing from this year's best nominated films.

Rock responded, "Vaginas." 

Brad Pitt nabs the first award of the night

OK, that's one down and 23 to go. 

Brad Pitt just won the best supporting actor trophy for "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood," Quentin Tarantino's love letter to the fading days of Hollywood's golden age.

In his acceptance speech, Pitt nodded to the absence of witnesses at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial: "They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week. I'm thinking maybe Quentin does a movie about it. In the end, the adults do the right thing."

Pitt, who was recognized for playing (fictional) veteran stuntman Cliff Booth, paid tribute in his speech to Tarantino, co-star Leonard DiCaprio and Hollywood's legions of stunt coordinators and crews.

Who needs a host? Steve Martin and Chris Rock help open the Oscars.

The Oscars may not have had an official host.

But unofficially Sunday night's ceremony had two of them, at least for its opening. 

After Janelle Monaé's opening musical performance, former Academy Awards hosts Chris Rock and Steve Martin helped open the event.

"We both hosted the Oscars before," Martin said. "This is such an incredible demotion." 

Then the jokes started cascading:

Martin joked that there would be no "La La Land"-"Moonlight"-type mixup this year because the academy was using the new Iowa caucus app. 

Chris Rock zings Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, is at the Oscars — but not above getting burned.

Chris Rock hit Bezos with a couple of solid jokes about his recent divorce while also noting that even after the separation, he's still the richest man in the world.

When Rock asked Steve Martin whether he wanted a crack at Bezos, Martin declined: "I like getting my packages on time."

 

Janelle Monáe channels Mr. Rogers in musical opening

Singer-actress Janelle Monáe kicked off the show with a rendition of "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" — a nod to Mr. Rogers and the movie "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," co-starring Oscar nominee Tom Hanks as the famed children's TV host.

She then ditched the bright red cardigan and jumped into an original tune that riffed on some of the other contenders. At one point, she donned a floral dress like the one worn by Florence Pugh in the horror flick "Midsommar."

Billy Porter ("Pose") was on hand to belt a few bars from the Elton John song "I'm Still Standing," featured in the biopic "Rocketman."

Janelle Monae performs at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020.Chris Pizzello / AP

The theme of this year's Oscars red carpet is: homecoming, circa 1999

While tassels are coming in hot for the biggest Oscar style trend (sure!), writer Anne Helen Peterson has brought attention to an even more exciting vibe: HOMECOMING 1999. Thanks to a thread I will personally bookmark and consult later on my own fashion choices, the biggest Oscar names have been bringing serious Midwestern/Southern Ontario mall realness, as if plucked from our Y2K-era dreams. RIP Mariposa; I miss you every day.

The Joker gets the last laugh when it comes to movie awards

Batman may beat up on the Joker in the pages of the comics, but the clown prince of crime has dominated on the awards circuit. 

Going into Sunday night, Joaquin Phoenix was heavily favored to win the best actor Oscar for his transformative turn as the titular villain in "Joker." If he wins, it would be the second time the Joker has pilfered the prestigious prize — with Heath Ledger winning a posthumous Oscar as best supporting actor for "The Dark Knight" in 2009.

Two decades earlier, Jack Nicholson's performance as the Joker in "Batman" earned the first Golden Globe nomination for an actor playing a comic book character.

But the Joker's Hollywood roots actually go way back to 1928, 12 years before his debut in print: Co-creators Jerry Robinson and Bill Finger based the villain largely on Conrad Veidt's ghoulish character from "The Man Who Laughs." 

TODAY breaks down the best dressed

Our friends over at TODAY are collecting all the lewks at the Oscars 2020 red carpet

Mayor Pete is happy about the Oscars

Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg has some nice words for three of the nominees. 

Fun fact: Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, once told E! News that he does not have one particular favorite movie, "but 'The Godfather' and 'Gangs of New York' are up there."

I also like "The Godfather," Mayor Pete. Enjoy the show!

Don't count out 'Jojo Rabbit' and Taika Waititi

"Jojo Rabbit" has hopped up and down the awards season leaderboard.

The darkly comic coming-of-age story about a boy in the Hitler Youth (Roman Griffin Davis) and his imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), stirred up buzz after winning the top prize at the Toronto Film Festival in September — an honor that sometimes foreshadows a best picture win at the Oscars.

But as the Oscars race heated up, "Jojo" seemed to recede from the spotlight, while "1917," "Parasite" and "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" gained steam. Waititi, who wrote and directed the film, was snubbed in the screenplay and director categories at the Golden Globes last month.

But there are signs "Jojo" could stage a comeback. Waititi earned the best adapted screenplay awards at both the British Academy Film Awards and the Writers Guild of America Awards earlier this month, beating out heavy hitters like Greta Gerwig ("Little Women") and Steven Zaillian ("The Irishman").

Waititi could pull the same trick. Tom O"Neil, a veteran awards analyst of the website Gold Derby, also thinks "Jojo" could nab a surprise win in another category: best supporting actress for Scarlett Johansson. He told NBC News last week that he "wouldn't rule her out" even though Laura Dern ("Marriage Story") dominated at other awards shows.