Congratulations to Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho’s whose film Parasite, made Oscar history as the first foreign-language film to win the Best Picture award.
The comedy-drama about an impoverished family who infiltrates the household of a wealthier one also took home Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Film awards.
The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California on Sunday, February 9, 2020, to honor the best films of 2019 in 24 categories.
A NEW ERA
Parasite’s best picture Oscar could kickstart a new era of internationalism, according to experts. It defeated Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Jojo Rabbit, and The Irishman to best picture.
It marks the first time in 65 years – since Marty in 1955 – that the winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes has progressed to the Best Picture Oscar.
Sam Mendes’s 1917 had been tipped to win the Best Picture award, but only took home three awards for cinematography, visual effects and sound mixing.
Only 10 foreign-language films have previously been nominated for Best Picture – including Amour and Life Is Beautiful – but none of them won. Last year, Alfonso Cuaron’s autobiographical drama Roma lost out to Green Book.
Born in 1969, Bong Joon-ho garnered international acclaim for his film Memories of Murder (2003), before achieving commercial success withThe Host (2006) and the dystopian sci-fi Snowpiercer (2013), both of which are among the highest-grossing films of all time in South Korea.
During his speech, Bong paid tribute to Scorsese saying he “carved deep into my heart (when I was young).” He also thanked Tarantino for championing his work. Also present during the ceremony were film producers Kwak Sin-ae and Miky Lee.