After a night of triumph the night’s biggest winners gathered at their first stop on a very busy night of backstage events – and with a very good reason.
Making an appearance at the 92nd Oscars Governors Ball on Sunday evening, Brad Pitt, Renee Zellweger and Joaquin Phoenix led the way as they waited to get their awards engraved with their names.
Joining an array of stars on the night, Brad, 56, drank a soft drink as he watched his award for Best Supporting Actor get the professional treatment from a resident engraver.
Letting his hair down: Brad Pitt led the way as the biggest winners at the 92nd Academy Awards let their hair down backstage
The actor was in high spirits after winning the award for his role in Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood, and he beamed as she rubbed shoulders with his fellow guests at the annual event.
Actors Tiffany Haddish, Elizabeth Banks and Tyrese Gibson were on hand to congratulate Brad following the win, his second Academy Award following a previous win as producer for 12 Years A Slave.
Bradley Cooper, who narrowly missed out on his own production win for Joker, was also seen sharing a light-hearted moment with Brad as they crossed paths at the Hollywood venue.
Well done: Renee Zellweger raised a glass of fruit infused water on Sunday night as she toasted her incredible success at the 92nd annual Academy Awards
Say cheese: Renee beamed as she posed with her richly deserved award at the after-party
All yours: Bringing her coveted Oscar to the star-studded party, Renee proudly looked on as a resident engraver etched her name onto its base
Speaking to backstage at the event, Brad admitted he was ken to take a temporary hiatus following a hugely successful awards season.
He said: ‘Right now, I think it’s time to go disappear for a little while now and get back to making things.
‘It has been a really special run and again, it’s a community I love and friends I’ve made over 30 years, and they mean a lot to me, truly. And I feel a responsibility to that, more than anything. More than like a victory lap.”
Brad has won praise for his funny and candid acceptance speeches during awards season and though he admitted he never feels comfortable speaking in public, he dismissed speculation he’d hired a speech writer to put them together for him – but did admit to asking some “funny friends” for help.
Main man: Joaquin Phoenix took a seat as he waited for his Best Actor Oscar to be engraved with his name
In good company: The actor was joined by his mother Arlyn Phoenix, who was on hand to share his proud moment
I love you: Arlyn struggled to contain her emotion as her son enjoyed his moment backstage at the Academy Awards
He said: Historically I’ve always been really tentative about speeches. They make me nervous. So this — this round, I figured if we’re going to do this — like, put some, like, some real work into it and try to get comfortable, and this is the result of that.
‘No, I definitely write them. I have some funny friends. I have some very, very funny friends that helped me with some laughs, but, no, it’s, you know, it’s got to come from the heart.
‘For me, it was just about getting cozy up in front of a mass of people. I know that sounds antithetical given the profession I’ve chosen but it’s not necessarily my thing. So that’s probably what I’ll remember [about this awards season].’
Congratulations: Brad’s Academy Award gleamed as it waited for the engraver on Sunday evening
Pals: Brad was seen sharing a laugh with Bradley Cooper, who narrowly missed out on a production win for Joker
Centre of attention: Tiffany Haddish was on hand to congratulate the star on Sunday evening
Plenty to talk about: The award winner chatted with an animated Elizabeth Banks after accepting his gong
Well done Brad! Kim Kardashian shook the actor’s hand as he basked in his triumph backstage at the event
Meanwhile Renee rubber stamped her return to the spotlight by claiming Best Actress for her role as troubled stage and screen icon Judy Garland in director Rupert Goold’s biopic, Judy.
The actress was in good company on the night, with Goold and producer David Livingstone on hand to help her celebrate backstage.
And celebrating her second Oscar win, Renee, 50, was bursting with pride as she watched the coveted award get engraved with her name.
Banter: Renee was seen enjoying a laugh with South Korean film director Bong Joon Ho and producer Kwak Sin-ae after their surprise Best Film and Best Director win for Parasite
All mine: Renee held her Best Actress trophy aloft after accepting the accolade at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre
In good company: The actress celebrated with Judy director Rupert Goold on Sunday evening
Speaking after her win, Renee admitted she’s more appreciative of her latest Oscars success after previously winning the Best Supporting Actress award for Cold Mountain in 2004.
She told Entertainment Tonight: ‘At that time, I think I was so busy that I wasn’t actually in the moment. I think I had just flown home for something for Bridget Jones 2. It’s a different perspective. I’m a little more present now.’
She also claimed that having spent some time out of the spotlight between 2004 and 2020, she now views her career in a “different way”.
‘I think the time away and the time in between has helped me to appreciate it in an different way. I just look at in a different way. What it represents is a little bit different,’ she added.
Close: Joaquin’s girlfriend Rooney Mara joined the actor and his mother backstage at the annual event
There he goes: Joaquin was joined by Olivia Colman, who presented him with his award, as he made his way backstage
Welcome to the club: Fellow Academy Award winner Olivia Colman was on hand to congratulate the star
Elsewhere Joaquin Phoenix shared his special moment with doting mother Arlyn, who looked on as his Best Actor award took its turn with the engraver.
It was a special moment for the 45-year old actor, who claimed the award for his role in Joker after claiming the same accolade at the BAFTAs seven days earlier.
Girlfriend Rooney Mara was also on hand to support Joaquin, and she caught the eye in a stylish sheer outfit as they posed for photos.
Pals: Margot Robbie was seen chatting to guests as she took her place in the audience on Sunday evening
Close: The actress have Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood co-star Brad a congratulatory hug
Special moment: The Australian actress consoled Saoirse Ronan after she missed out on an award at the annual event
Friends: Leonardo DiCaprio also got a kiss from Margot as they celebrated on Sunday evening
92nd Annual Academy Awards: Winners
Ford vs Ferrari
Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood
Parasite – WINNER
Incredible: Parasite won four awards including becoming the first ever foreign film to win Best Picture as Bong Joon-ho won Best Director
Cynthia Erivo – Harriet
Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan – Little Women
Charlize Theron – Bombshell
Renée Zellweger – Judy – WINNER
Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory
Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
Adam Driver – Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix – Joker – WINNER
Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell
Laura Dern – Marriage Story – WINNER
Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh – Little Women
Margot Robbie – Bombshell
Golden: Laura Dern was one of the four thespians to have swept award season as she earned Best Supporting Actress
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes
Al Pacino – The Irishman
Joe Pesci – The Irishman
Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood – WINNER
Bong Joon Ho – Parasite – WINNER
Sam Mendes – 1917
Todd Phillips – Joker
Martin Scorsese – The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Little Women – WINNER
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
BEST SOUND MIXING
1917 – WINNER
Ford v Ferrari
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
BEST SOUND EDITING
Ford V Ferrari – Donald Sylvester
Joker – Alan Robert Murray
1917 – Oliver Tarrney and Rachel Tate – WINNER
One Upon as Time in Hollywood – Wylie Stateman
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker – Matthew Wood and David Acord
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Joker – Hildur Gudnadóttir – WINNER
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Making history: Hildur Gudnadóttir was the first ever woman to win Best Original Score for Joker
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away – Toy Story 4
I’m Gonna Love me Again – Rocketman – WINNER
I’m Standing With You – Breakthrough
Into the Unknown – Frozen II
Stand Up – Harriet
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Toy Story 4 – WINNER
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Hair Love – WINNER
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
Nefta Football Club
The Neighbor’s Window – WINNER
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
American Factory – WINNER
The Edge of Democracy
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
In the Absence
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) – WINNER
Life Overtakes Me
St. Louis Superman
Walk Run Cha-Cha
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
The Lion King
1917 – Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy – WINNER
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Amazing: Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy (pictured left to right) are seen accepting the Oscar for Best Visual Effects for 1917
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
1917 – Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns
Knives Out – Rian Johnson
Marriage Story – Noah Baumbach
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino
Parasite – Bong Joon Ho & Jin Won Han – WINNER
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Irishman – Steven Zaillian
Jojo Rabbit – Taika Waititi – WINNER
Joker – Todd Phillips & Scott Silver
Little Women – Greta Gerwig
The Two Popes – Anthony McCarten
BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE
Corpus Christi (Poland)
Honeyland (North Macedonia)
Les Miserables (France)
Pain and Glory (Spain)
Parasite (South Korea) – WINNER
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood – Nancy Haigh and Barbara Ling – WINNER
Glamorous: Nancy Haigh (left) and Barbara Ling accept the Production Design award for Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
BEST FILM EDITING
Ford v Ferrari – Andrew Buckland & Michael McCusker – WINNER
The Irishman – Thelma Schoonmaker
Jojo Rabbit – Tom Eagles
Joker – Jeff Groth
Parasite – Jinmo Yang
1917 – Roger Deakins – WINNER
The Irishman – Rodrigo Prieto
Joker – Lawrence Sher
The Lighthouse – Jarin Blaschke
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Robert Richardson
BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Bombshell – Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker – WINNER
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
Tremendous trio: Anne Morgan, Kazu Hiro and Vivian Baker – pictured left to right – won for Best Makeup and Hairstyling for Bombshell
Others to take their turn with the engraver included Taika Waititi – Best Adapted Screenplay winner for Jo Jo Rabbit – and South Korean director Bong Joon-ho.
The filmmaker was weighed down after winning in multiple categories for foreign language film Parasite – the night’s biggest winner with four awards for Best Original Screenplay, Best International Feature Film, Best Directing, and Best Picture.
Best Supporting Actress winner Laura Dern was also in attendance after claiming the award for her role in Marriage Story, and she shared a humorous back and forth with Joon-ho as they waited for their gongs.
Cheers! Laura Dern was also seen getting her Best Supporting Actress award engraved
So pleased: Best Supporting Actress Laura was joined by Best Adapted Screenplay winner Taika Waititi at the backstage event
Don’t mind me: But Laura was hard to miss as she waited for her Academy Award to be engraved
Taking to the stage at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre earlier that night, Renee dedicated her Academy Award to tragic icon Garland, telling those in attendance: ‘Judy Garland, you are certainly among the heroes who unite and define us. And this is certainly for you.’
In her Tinseltown career, Garland was awarded by the Academy a Juvenile Award in 1940 coming off her signature performance of Dorothy in the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz.
She was also nominated twice for Oscars but did not win: In 1962 for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Judgment at Nuremberg; and in 1955 for her work in A Star Is Born the previous year.
Funny: Taika Waititi was in a celebratory mood as he took his turn with the engraver on Sunday evening
Success: Hildur Gudnadottir poses with the Oscar for Best Original Score for Joker (L) while Best Adapted Screenplay winner Taika Waititi showed off his gong for Jojo Rabbit (R)
Three’s company: Hildur (C) posed next to Elena Andreicheva and Carol Dysinger with their Oscar for Best documentary Short Subject for Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
Weighed down: Parasite director Bong Joon-ho showed off his awards for Best Original Screenplay, Best International Feature Film, Best Directing, and Best Picture
We did it: Joaquin embraced Joker director Todd Phillips following his win at the 92nd annual Academy Awards
Renee noted this much in her speech, saying, ‘Judy Garland did not receive this honor in her time.’
She said that Garland’s spirit was present throughout the latest cinematic endeavor, and the celebration of such.
‘I am certain that this moment is an extension of the celebration of her legacy that began on our film set,’ she said, ‘and it is also representative of the fact that her legacy of unique exceptionalism and inclusivity and generosity in spirit, it transcends any one artistic achievement.’
Thank you: Todd got a kiss from his leading man as they celebrated into the early hours on Sunday evening
Thumbs up: Cho Yeo-jeong and Lee Sun Gyun greeted onlookers with a smile as they took their seats backstage
It’s all about us: Renee was joined by Best Actress winner Laura at the Vanity Fair after party later that night
Somewhere under the rainbow: Renee dedicated the Academy Award she won playing Judy Garland to the late star on Sunday
Recognition: The double Oscar winner praised Garland’s ‘legacy of unique exceptionalism and inclusivity and generosity in spirit’
It’s all about us: While Renee won Best Actress, Laura Dern won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Marriage Story