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Parasite takes over Oscars, Margot misses

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Bong Joon Ho, right, reacts as he is presented with the award for best picture for "Parasite" from presenter Jane Fonda at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Looking on from left are Kang-Ho Song and Kwak Sin Ae.(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

South Korean film Parasite has dominated the Academy Awards with its haul including best picture and directing for Bong Joon Ho.

The comedy-crime-drama also took original screenplay and international feature film.

Joaquin Phoenix won best actor for Joker and Renee Zellweger collected best actress for Judy.

Australia's Margot Robbie was an early casualty.

Robbie was nominated in the best supporting actress category for Bombshell but the trophy went to Laura Dern for Marriage Story.

Dern was the red-hot favourite for what is her first Oscar win after coming up empty-handed in 2015 for Wild and 1992 for Rambling Rose.

It also ended a drought for her famous family, with her mother Diane Ladd nominated three times without a win and father Bruce Dern also falling short despite two nominations.

"I share this with my acting heroes, my legends, Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern," she said on stage.

"You got game."

New Zealand's Taika Waititi claimed the adapted screenplay Oscar for Jojo Rabbit, beating fellow Kiwi Anthony McCarten (The Two Popes), Greta Gerwig (Little Women), Todd Phillips and Scott Silver (Joker) and Steven Zaillian (The Irishman).

Hollywood veteran Brad Pitt won best supporting actor for his performance as a charming stunt man in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, director Quentin Tarantino's love letter to 1960s Tinseltown.

It was the first acting Oscar for Pitt, 56, after three decades in the movie industry.

He previously won an Academy Award as a producer in 2014 for best picture 12 Years a Slave.

In his acceptance speech Pitt called out the Trump impeachment trial for blocking the testimony of former national security adviser John Bolton.

"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 on stage.

Toy Story 4 won best animated feature.

Elton John and Bernie Taupin won original song for Rocketman's (I'm Gonna) Love Me Again.

John immediately called his sons who are in Australia.

"I just Face Timed them," John told reporters backstage.

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