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

We'll have minute-by-minute coverage of the most notable wins, acceptance speeches, jokes and bizarre flubs.
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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.

Live Blog

'Hair Love' wins best animated short film

"Hair Love," a story about a black father who struggles and eventually succeeds in styling his young daughter's hair, won the Academy Award for best animated short film. 

The story, which once existed only in the form of a dream and a Kickstarter campaign, is now the basis of a best-selling children's book and Oscar-winning film.

Matthew Cherry, the former NFL player who wrote and directed "Hair Love," predicted that he would be nominated for an Oscar in a 2012 tweet that resurfaced Sunday.

"I wanted to give kids a character that normalizes and celebrates black hair," Cherry told NBC News. "Black fathers get a bad rap in mainstream media, so I also wanted to show them as present and caring, versus the deadbeat dad stereotype that is often ascribed to them in film."

Black hair has often been policed, which is why Gabrielle Union, the other producer of “Hair Love,” invited DeAndre Arnold to the Oscars ceremony on Sunday. Arnold is a high school senior who was suspended and told he wouldn’t be able to walk at his own graduation ceremony unless he cut his dreadlocks.

"It means the world to us to have him here with us," Cherry said on the red carpet before the Oscars. "We wanted people to see how good of a kid he is, but also there’s no reason people should be policing our hair."

Cherry advocates for the federal passing of the Creating a Respectful Workplace for Natural Hair Act, or CROWN Act, which updates the state's anti-discrimination law so that the term "race" includes "traits historically associated with race." California became the first state to pass the act in July, with New York following suit later that month.

New format for the acting clip reels?

In a break from recent years, the clip reel that preceded Brad Pitt's supporting actor win was a montage that mixed scenes from four movies.

The producers behind the show have traditionally rolled out clips one by one.

Why do presenters have presenters?

Beanie Feldstein just introduced Mindy Kaling, who is presenting awards for animated features and shorts, which means presenters have presenters this year. OK ...

Publicists must be working overtime!

Mindy Kaling found solace in animation as a 'shy' girl from an immigrant family

Before announcing the Academy Award for best animated feature film, comedian Mindy Kaling said she found solace in animated films as a "shy" young girl from an immigrant family.

Now that she's older, she recognizes that animation is one of the most sophisticated forms of storytelling. 

"I can't wait to introduce those worlds to my daughter now," Kaling said before announcing that "Toy Story 4" won the Oscar. 

Righteous chill

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."

Know that feel

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.