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Oscars 2020 highlights: All the things you missed while you were asleep

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 04: Oscar statue at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on February 04, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

The 92nd Academy Awards took place overnight at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, which saw 1917, Parasite, Joker, The Irishman and more of the year’s most acclaimed films lead the awards on Hollywood’s biggest night of the year.

Taking place at the Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, the show once again went without a singular host, as it did for the first time in 2019, instead relying on various performers and presenters, including Oscar winners Regina King, Rami Malek and Olivia Colman, to stitch the show together with musical numbers and awards presentation. 

Read more: 2020 Oscars winners list

From the biggest award winners, to the most-talked about red carpet moments, here’s everything you need to know about from the Oscars 2020.

Natalie Portman made a feminist statement on the red carpet 

Natalie Portman arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

The actress wore a black and gold Dior gown, with a beautiful cape over the top - but look a little closer and you’ll see the cape was intricately embroidered with the names of female directors who weren’t nominated.

Presenters Steve Martin and Chris Rock added to the sentiment in their opening patter: “I felt there was something lacking in the nominees this year,” said Martin. “What, vaginas?” said Rock. 

Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood’s Julia Butters brought the best accessory to the red carpet: a sandwich 

“There is a sandwich in my purse,” 10-year-old Butters told Entertainment Tonight on the red carpet.

“The other awards, I was hungry, I was starving, and sometimes either they don’t have food or I don’t care for the food.”

Janelle Monáe opened the show in with an eclectic musical number 

Opening the show with a colourful, fun rendition of ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor’ from A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood, Billy Porter covering Elton John and glorious Midsommar inspired garb, Monáe also said, “Tonight we celebrate all the amazing talent in this room. We celebrate all the women who directed phenomenal films.

Janelle Monae, left, and Billy Porter perform onstage at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Janelle Monae performs onstage at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

And I'm so proud to stand here as a black queer artist telling stories. Happy Black History Month.”

Stars addressed the lack of diversity in the Oscars 2020 nominations

 “I think the important takeaway is to listen to black women,” Janelle Monáe said on the Oscars red carpet. “When we are in positions of leadership, when we have your support, we can do the unthinkable. We can do the impossible.” 

Brad Pitt took home his first ever acting Oscar 

Regina King, left, presents Brad Pitt with the award for best performance by an actor in a supporting role for "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

He’d previously won as a producer on the Best Picture winner 12 Years A Slave,  but in winning the Supporting Actor role last night for his role in Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, he took home his first acting gong from the annual ceremony. "This is for my kids, who colour everything I do,” he said, accepting his award, "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, ain't that the truth?"

Laura Dern scooped the award for Supporting Actress

It was an excellent night for Dern, who can add the Oscar to her BAFTA, Golden Globe and SAG Award for her supporting role in Marriage Story. She was also celebrating her birthday at the Oscars: Best birthday ever. 

James Corden and Rebel Wilson appeared on stage in Cats costumes 

James Corden, left, and Rebel Wilson present the award for best visual effects at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

“As cast members of the motion picture Cats, nobody more than us understands the importance of good visual effects,” they said, before awarding the Best Visual Effects award to 1917.

Eminem gave a surprise performance of ‘Lose Yourself’... 18 years late 

Eminem took to the stage to perform ‘Lose Yourself’, from the movie 8 Mile, which won the Best Original Song award back in 2003. Following the performance, the rapper tweeted: "Look, if you had another shot, another opportunity... Thanks for having me @TheAcademy,” he added, "Sorry it took me 18 years to get here."

Elton John performed Rocketman original song nominee “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again”

Elton John performs "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" nominated for the award for best original song from "Rocketman" at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

He sang and played the piano under a gigantic pair of star-shaped sunglasses, naturally. 

..before also winning the award for Best Original Song

Sir Elton John took to the Oscars stage to accept the award, saying, “This is a dream for us, we’ve never been nominated for anything like this.” And it also made Elton John’s annual Oscars afterparty THE place to be following the awards, if it wasn’t already. 

Parasite took home the award for the newly-named Best International Feature Film category

Director Bong Joon-ho said: "The category has a new name, from foreign language to best international feature film, I'm so happy to be the first recipient under the new name… I applaud and support the new direction this change symbolises. He went on to add, "I'm ready to drink tonight."

Best Original Score went to Joker - and the country of Iceland got an accolade, too 

Film composer Hildur Guðnadóttir won the award for Joker - and in doing so, became the first ever Icelandic Oscar winner.

Parasite director Bong Joon-Ho pipped Quentin Tarantino and Sam Mendes to the post to take home the ‘Best Director’ gong

Spike Lee, left, presents the award for best director to Bong Joon Ho for "Parasite" at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Despite being one of cinema’s most iconic auteurs, Tarantino has never won a directing Oscar. Winner Joon-Ho praised his fellow nominee Martin Scorsese in his acceptance speech.

‘Best Actor’ favourite Joaquin Phoenix won ‘Best Actor’

Phoenix won his first Oscar, after four nominations, for Joker, and used his winner’s speech to advocate for the environment.

…and ‘Best Actress’ favourite Renee Zellweger won ‘Best Actress’

“I feel so proud to be in your beautiful movie,” Zellweger said, thanking her fellow Judy cast and crew following her win for Actress In A Leading Role, for her role as Judy Garland in the biopic.

Best Picture winner Parasite made history

Bong Joon Ho, right, reacts as he is presented with the award for best picture for "Parasite" from presenter Jane Fonda at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Looking on from left are Kang-Ho Song and Kwak Sin Ae.(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

The South Korean film was the first ever film not in the English language to win the prestigious Best Picture award. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night, it beat Best Picture favourite 1917 to the title, with Parasite leading the wins, taking home four awards throughout the night. “I feel like a very opportune moment in history is happening right now,” said the film’s producer, accepting the award.