Brad Pitt and Laura Dern won the supporting acting awards for their roles in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood and Marriage Story respectively.
The star won the first acting Oscar of his career – picking up the best supporting actor trophy for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s film.
He was the first winner of the night, and immediately used his speech to attack the way the impeachment proceedings against US President Donald Trump were handled.
He referred to the fact that Republican senators voted against allowing witnesses including former National Security Adviser John Bolton to give evidence.
“They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week,” he said. “I’m thinking maybe Quentin does a movie about it and in the end the adults do the right thing.”
The 56-year-old actor moved from the political to the personal, paying tribute to co-star Leonardo DiCaprio and remarking that the nomination had made him reflect on his journey to Hollywood superstardom.
“I’m a bit gobsmacked,” he said, getting emotional. “I’m not one to look back, but this has made me do so.”
Summary of The Big Wins
The ceremony which held at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood has the following Top wins
Bong Joon-ho wins’ best director for Parasite
Brad Pitt wins best supporting actor – his first Oscar
Laura Dern wins best supporting actress – her first Academy award win
Sir Elton John wins best original song
Joker leads the pack at this year’s ceremony, with 11 nominations
1917 and Parasite are the hot favourites to take home best picture
Joaquin Phoenix is the bookies’ favourite to win best actor
Renee Zellweger is the favourite for best actress for her portrayal of Judy Garland
Other nominees include The Irishman, JoJo Rabbit and Little Women