Oscars 2020: Best jokes from this year's award ceremony

The ceremony was without a host again

Louis Chilton
Monday 10 February 2020 03:07
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Oscars 2020: Steve Martin throwS a couple of jabs at Jeff Bezos

For the second year running, the 2020 Oscars did not have a host.

But there were still plenty of one-liners on the night of the ceremony, with guest presenters including Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig and Josh Gad stepping up to the plate.

After Janelle Monáe opened the ceremony with an elaborately choreographed musical number, Steve Martin and Chris Rock delivered the opening duologue, earning the first big laughs of the night.

Climate change denial, Hollywood vanity and the Irishman’s lengthy runtime were just some of the topics that were skewered.

Below is a list of the evening’s best jokes.

“Jeff Bezos is so rich, he got divorced, and he’s still the richest man in the world. He saw Marriage Story and thought it was a comedy.” - Chris Rock

“A couple of years ago, there was a big disaster here at the Oscars where they accidentally read out the wrong name...they have guaranteed that this will not happen this year because the Academy has switched to the new Iowa caucus app.” - Steve Martin

“They don’t really have hosts anymore. Why is that?” “Twitter!” - Steve Martin and Chris Rock

“I loved the first season of The Irishman” - Chris Rock

“Mahershala Ali’s here tonight. Mahershala has two Oscars. You know what that means when the cops pull him over? Nothing!” - Chris Rock

“They told me I only have 45 seconds up here, which is more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week.” – Brad Pitt​

“A man whose Matrix we would all like to reload, Keanu Reeves.” – Kelly Marie Tran

“There has never been a museum dedicated to the arts and sciences of pictures. But it is being born, this labour of love. A bunch of us were just over there this morning. I was putting up some drywall. Scarlett Johansson had brought her orbital sander. Brad Pitt was on the roof working with his shirt off, as was Colin Jost – and dude, that was no contest.” - Tom Hanks

“It’s a pleasure to be back. Thank you. Last year was the best night... of my husband’s life” - Olivia Colman, Best Actress winner 2019

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South Korean black comedy Parasite was the evening’s biggest winner, making history by becoming the first ever foreign language film to win Best Picture.

Other winners at the 2020 ceremony included Laura Dern, who took home the prize for Best Supporting Actress.

As expected, Joaquin Phoenix won Best Actor for Joker following which he criticised inequality and paid tribute to his brother River Phoenix, who died in 1993.

Meanwhile, Olivia Colman had the audience in stitches before presenting Phoenix with his award.

Find a full list of the 2020 Oscar winners here.

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