Eminem stole the show with his surpise live performance of 2003's best original song winner "Lose Yourself, winning a standing ovation in the process. (And significantly, Eminem's biggest fan Elton John took this year's best original song, with Bernie Taupin, for Rocketman's "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again".)
But Oscar 2020 began with Brad Pitt bagging best supporting actor. The 56-year-old actor took his shirt off in Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood, and the fix was in. Quentin Tarantino's film also took a well-deserved award for best set design.
Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-Won nabbed the best orginal screenplay statue for Parasite, the first non-English-language movie to take the prize since Pedro Almodovar's Talk to Her 17 years ago. Reflecting some confusion about where to place the South Korean film in the race, Parasite also took best director (Bong Joon-ho), best foreign film—and best picture.
This was big news in an otherwise polite and predictable ceremony.
Taika Waititi took best adapted screenplay for Jojo Rabbit, based on Christine Leunens's book Caging Skies. This makes the Maori filmmaker the first Indigenous winner in Oscar's history.
Little Women received a single honour, for best costume design, while Laura Dern triumphed over Little Women favourite Florence Pugh to take the best supporting actress award for Marriage Story. Like Pitt, this was also the industry veteran's first win with the Academy.
Best animated feature went to Pixar's Toy Story 4.
1917 and Ford v Ferrari were honoured in sound mixing and sound editing, respectively. Moments after that win, 1917's Roger Deakins got the nod for cinematagraphy and Ford v Ferrari's Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland nabbed the little gold nudie for best film editing.
Sam Mendes' war drama later scored a small upset when it beat both Avengers: Endgame and Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker to win the Oscar for best visual effects.
The sole award for Bombshell was in hair and makeup.
Joaquin Phoenix will take heat for his best actor speech, but it was better and more meaningful than the film he won for, Joker. With that and its best soundtrack win, the film otherwise tanked on its 11 nominations.
Finally, Renee Zellwegger became a two-time Oscar with Judy, beating Scarlett Johannsen, Saoirse Ronan, Cynthia Erivo, and Charlize Theron for best actress.