For the second year in a row, the Oscars are once again host-less — although controversial comedian Ricky Gervais has been weighing in online today sharing a few jokes he would’ve told had he been asked to host.
Earlier, stars walked the red carpet, with fashion highlights including a very glam Rebel Wilson, Margot Robbie looking stunning in black, and surprise attendee Blac Chyna baring almost all.
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Without a host, it was left to singer, actor and all-round legend Janelle Monae to open the Oscars with an energetic musical performance, paying tribute to the films of the year. Pose star Billy Porter even popped up with a nod to Rocketman, one of this year’s biggest films.
Things got slightly awkward when she prowled the front row, thrusting the mic in front of stars including Leonardo DiCaprio and Brie Larson and insisting on a bit of audience participation.
STEVE AND CHRIS NAIL IT
After Monae’s performance, comedians Steve Martin and Chris Rock appeared together to deliver a joint opening monologue of sorts (just don’t call them hosts).
“I was thinking today, Chris, we both have hosted the Oscars before and this is such an incredible demotion,” said Martin. “They don’t really have hosts any more, why is that?”
“Twitter,” Rock quipped.
Martin assured the audience there would be no La La Land / Moonlight mix-up this year, as the Academy had moved to using the “Iowa Caucus app.”
“Mahershala Ali is here tonight. He has two Oscars. You know what that means when the cops pull him over? Nothing!”
They both ragged on billionaire Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, seated in the audience:
“When he writes a cheque, the bank bounces. Jeff is so rich he got divorced and he is still the richest man in the world. He saw Marriage Story and thought it was a comedy. Steve, do you have anything you want to add?” asked Rock.
“No, I like getting my packaging on time,” said Martin.
Tackling the all-male Best Director category, Rock said “I thought there was something missing from the list this year.”
“Vaginas?” asked Martin.
Finally, the duo tackled the Oscars’ ongoing diversity problem:
“Think how much the Oscars have changed in the past 92 years. Back in 1929 there were no black acting nominees. And now in 2020 we’ve got one. Amazing growth!” said Martin.
As expected, Brad Pitt took home the night’s first award, picking up Best Supporting Actor for his role in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.
Saying he was “gobsmacked,” Pitt said this awards season had put him in a reflective mood. “To all of the wonderful people I have met along the way to stand here right now…. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood? Ain’t that the truth! This is for my kids who colour everything I do. I adore you.”
Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won both took home the Best Original Screenplay award for the sensational South Korean black comedy Parasite — could this be the start of a very good night for the film?
Kiwi hero Taika Waititi won Best Adapted Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit, dedicating his award to “all the Indigenous kids in the world who want to do art and dance and write stories. We are the original storytellers and we can make it here as well.”
More to come …