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Brad Pitt salutes family upon winning Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

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ABC/CRAIG SJODIN(LOS ANGELES) — It’s official, Brad Pitt finally won an Academy Award for acting.  The 56-year-old was previously honored in 2014 when Pitt won a best picture Oscar for producing 12 Years a Slave.

Pitt took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood, beating out fellow nominees Anthony Hopkins, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino and Tom Hanks.

The A-lister briefly touched upon politics in his acceptance speech, joking that the 45 seconds he was given to speak is 45 more than “the Senate gave [former national security adviser] John Bolton this week” during the impeachment trial.

To his costar, Leonardo DiCaprio, Pitt smiled, “Leo, I’ll ride on your coattails any day, man. The view is fantastic. ”

Pitt ended his speech with a shout-out to his six children with ex-wife Angelina Jolie.

“This is for my kids who color everything I do,” he said. “I adore you.”

He was presented the award by Regina King, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress last year for If Beale Street Could Talk.

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Laura Dern sweetly thanks her parents after winning first Oscar

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ABC/CRAIG SJODIN(LOS ANGELES) — Laura Dern is officially an Oscar winner. 

The actress took home the award for Best Supporting Actress on Sunday for her role in the Netflix film Marriage Story. In the film, which starred Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, Dern acted as the fierce lawyer who assists Johansson’s character with her divorce. 

Dern gave a heartwarming speech and thanked her parents Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern.  

“Some say, never meet your heroes, but I say if you’re really blessed, you get them as your parents. I share this with my acting heroes: my legends Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern,” she said as the audience erupted in cheers. “You got game. I love you.”

Even sweeter?  Dern’s date to the Oscars was her mother.

Dern was also a part of the cast of Little Women which was nominated for a total of six Academy Awards. 

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Renee Zellweger pays tribute to Judy Garland in Best Actress acceptance speech

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ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) — Renee Zellweger has won her second Oscar, winning Best Actress for her role as the late Judy Garland in Judy.  She previously won Best Supporting Actress for 2004’s Cold Mountain.

During her acceptance speech, Zelleweger paid tribute to the late actress.  

While “Judy Garland did not receive this honor in her time, I am certain that this moment is an extension of the celebration of her legacy.”

Zellweger continued her touching tribute to Garland, saying she left a “legacy of unique exceptionalism and, um, inclusivity and generosity of spirit. It transcends any one artistic achievement.”

“Ms. Garland, you were certainly among the heroes who unite and define us,” she said emotionally, “and this is certainly for you.”

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Parasite's Bong Joon-ho is ready to drink after winning Best Director and Best Picture

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ABC/CRAIG SJODIN(LOS ANGELES) — Parasite director Bong Joon-ho is ready to party after winning the Academy Award for Best Director.  However, the best was yet to come as he closed out the awards show for winning Best Picture.

The South Korean director took home the award for his work on Parasite on Sunday. The film won a total of five awards on Sunday.  

After joking that he thought he was done winning awards for the night, Bong took a moment to pay tribute to his fellow nominees, specifically The Irishman‘s Martin Scorsese and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood‘s Quentin Tarantino. The Joker‘s Todd Philips and 1917‘s Sam Mendes were also nominated in the category.

With his speech completed and the award for Best Director in the bag, Bong made it clear was ready to celebrate. 

“I will drink until next morning,” he said. 

But, Bong had to put down the drink after it was announced he won the biggest award of the night, Best Picture.  The cast and crew stood agape on the stage and admitted they were at a loss for words, as they weren’t expecting the win.

“Parasite” broke barriers at this year’s Oscars, becoming the first non-English movie to win best picture and best international feature film.

The suspenseful South Korean film, which focuses on class distinction through the relationships of the Park and Kim families, also won the Oscar for best original screenplay and best director.

It should be noted Parasite won the first Academy Award for South Korea.

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Joaquin Phoenix overcome with emotion after winning Oscar for Best Actor

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ABC/ARTURO HOLMES(LOS ANGELES) — When Joaquin Phoenix won best actor for his role in Joker, he used his winding speech to speak about a number of causes he is passionate about and speak about finding unity.

“I think that whether we’re talking about gender inequality or racism or queer rights or indigenous rights or animal rights, we’re talking about the fight against injustice — we’re talking about the fight against the belief that one nation, one race, one gender or one species has the right to dominate, control and use and exploit another with impunity,” he said.

“I think that we’ve become very disconnected from the natural world…what we’re guilty of is an egocentric world view — the belief that we’re the center of the universe,” Phoenix said. “We go into the natural world, and we plunder it for its resources. We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow, and when she gives birth we steal her baby. Even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable. And then we take her milk that’s intended for her calf and we put it in our coffee and our cereal.”

Phoenix said that he believes sometimes people “fear the idea of personal change because we think that we have to sacrifice something to give something up.”

“But human beings, at our best, are so inventive and creative and ingenious, and I think that when we use love and compassion as our guiding principles. We can create, develop and implement systems of change that are beneficial to all sent yet beings and to the environment.”

Joker won two Academy Awards, Best Actor and Best Original Music Score.  It was favored to win Best Picture, but lost to Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite.

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