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Meet the winners of the 92nd Academy Awards

I thought I was done for the day and ready to relax, filmmaker Bong Joon-ho said upon winning best director honors, before promising to drink until next morning.But a bigger shock was in store as the movie beat front runner 1917 to win best picture.

Joaquin Phoenix won his first Oscar for his turn in supervillain origin story Joker, the film that started the night with the most nominations. In an emotionally charged speech, the actor railed against injustice and an egocentric worldview that leads to environmental destruction, before paying tribute to his actor brother River, who died of a drug overdose in 1993.

Renee Zellweger sealed a remarkable comeback after six years away from the screen by winning best actress for Judy, dedicating the award to Hollywood screen legend Judy Garland. 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, she said in accepting her second Oscar.

Brad Pitt, who claimed his first acting Academy Award for his supporting turn in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood, was one of several winners to strike a political note. 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, referring to President Donald Trump's recent impeachment trial.

Laura Dern triumphed on Sunday in the best supporting actress category for her portrayal of a cutthroat divorce lawyer in Marriage Story, on the heels of wins at the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild awards and the Baftas.

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