The world’s biggest industry stars came out to play at last night’s 2020 Oscars ceremony, and as anticipated, the event’s big wins came with even bigger speeches. While some savored the moment to thank their peers and loved-ones, others used their platform to get political.
Accepting the Oscar for Best Actor, Joaquin Phoenix made an appeal for unity, “we’re talking about the fight against injustice.” He ended his speech with a lyric written by his late brother, River Phoenix, “Run into the rescue with love and peace will follow.”
Brad Pitt also gave an emotional speech after winning his first-ever acting Oscar for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. After kicking off his speech with a joke about the Trump impeachment trial, he gave a heartfelt mention to his co-star Leonardo DiCaprio, “I’ll ride on your coattails any day, man – the view’s fantastic.”
Meanwhile, Taika Waititi used his Best Adapted Screenplay award speech to give a shout out to “all the indigenous kids of the world who want to do art and dance and write stories.” Unfortunately, the weight of the award and the gravity of the situation was all too much and the New Zealand director lost track of who to thank.
As expected, Parasite director, Bong Joon-ho delivered an entertaining speech for Best Foreign Film, telling the audience “I’m ready to drink tonight until next morning.” But when it came to his Best Director speech, Bong was all class, thanking fellow nominees Scorsese and Tarantino for the influence they had on him as a filmmaker.
To save you time trying to locate all the best speeches from the 2020 Oscars, we’ve gathered them for you and put them in one place. Even better, we’ve ranked them based on humor, controversy, wholesomeness, for your viewing pleasure. So grab the popcorn and keep scrolling for our ranking of the best speeches from this year’s Academy Awards.
Here’s our roundup of the best and most controversial Oscars 2020 speeches
Joaquin Phoenix gets choked up as he speaks on humanity
Brad Pitt gets political
Bong Joon-ho wants to share the award with his fellow nominees
Bong Joon-ho is ready to party after his second win of the night
Taika Waititi can’t remember who he wants to thank
Matthew Cherry advocates for representation and dedicates award to Kobe Bryant
Laura Dern shares award with her parents
Elton John is a tad overwhelmed
Renée Zellweger celebrates heroes