Piers Morgan takes swipe at Joaquin Phoenix and Brad Pitt during Oscar acceptance speeches

Piers Morgan takes swipe at Joaquin Phoenix and Brad Pitt during Oscar acceptance speeches

PIERS MORGAN couldn't resist taking a jab or two at Joaquin Phoenix and Brad Pitt as they accepted their awards during last night's Academy Awards ceremony.

Phoenix, who won the award for Best Actor, echoed the sentiments of his BAFTA award-winning speech earlier this month where he accused the film industry of "systemic racism".

The star of The Joker insisted that more must be done to fight against "injustice", whether it be "gender inequality or racism or queer rights or indigenous rights or animal rights".

He was quick to point out last night that many of us have "become disconnected from the natural world" and that we're "guilty of a very egocentric worldview," stressing that no one race, nation, gender or species has the right to "dominate" the world around them.

Phoenix then used the way we treat cows as an example of that domination.

"We go into the natural world and we plunder it for its resources. We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow, and when she gives birth, we steal her baby. Even though her cries of anguish are unmistakable. And then we take her milk that’s intended for her calf and we put it in our coffee and our cereal."

Morgan, as you might expect, took issue with the comments, tweeting: "Am I not allowed to drink milk anymore? #joaquin".

Later, the Good Morning Britain Host also criticised Brad Pitt's speech, after the Once Upon A Time in Hollywood star discussed the recent Donald Trump impeachment trial after winning the award for Best Supporting Actor.

As he took to the stage, Pitt said: "They tell me I have only got 45 seconds, that is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week."

Morgan wasn't much of a fan of the comments.

"Took 10 seconds for the first winner (Brad Pitt) to bash President Trump," he tweeted.

"Only surprised it took that long.

"As always, this will help Trump not hurt him."

Elsewhere, the 54-year-old took a sarcastic swipe at how people were supposedly overemphasising the importance of women during the awards, amid recent criticism that the academy awards has a diversity problem.

"Not hearing quite enough about how wonderful women are..." Morgan tweeted.