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.
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- From Iowa chaos to Jeff Bezos, watch the Oscars' best political jokes
Catch up on the full night of major moments, musical numbers and our commentary throughout the 92nd Academy Awards.
Brad Pitt breaks seal on political messages at Oscars 15 minutes into the show
It took all of 15 minutes and 40 seconds for the Oscars to get political. (We timed it.)
And it happened during the first award of the night.
During his acceptance speech after winning the Academy Award for best supporting actor, Brad Pitt dropped the first barb of the night aimed at the GOP for acquitting President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial. The expectation is it won't be the last.
"They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, and that's 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week," Pitt said.
Fun fact: Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce are no strangers to portraying religious figures
Before starring as Pope Benedict in the "The Two Popes," Anthony Hopkins played a priest in "The Rite" and Methuselah, Noah's grandfather, in the 2014 epic Biblical drama "Noah."
Jonathan Pryce has also taken on a few notable non-secular roles, including the High Sparrow in "Game of Thrones" and Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a high-ranking Catholic bishop during the reign of Henry VIII, in the BBC historical drama "Wolf Hall."
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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."
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.