“Parasite” made history with four big wins at Sunday’s Oscars, including the Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Feature Film awards. It is the first-ever Korean film to win in each of those categories.
Kwak Sin-ae and Bong Joon-ho’s film is also the first-ever non-English film to win the Best Picture Academy Award, the greatest honour in the industry.
“Parasite” was up against “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” “Marriage Story,” “1917,” “Ford V Ferrari,” “Joker,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Little Women,” and “The Irishman” in the Best Picture category.
Earlier in the night, “Parasite” first won the award for Best Original Screenplay. The class combat thriller is now the sixth foreign language film to win an Oscar in that category, but the first Korean film. Screenwriters Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won join previous award winners of its kind “Marie-Louise”, “The Red Balloon”, “Divorce Italian Style”, “A Man and a Woman”, and “Talk to Her”.
The film was up against screenplays for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, “Knives Out”, “Marriage Story” and “1917”.
The filmmaker was captured on camera cherishing the honour after his acceptance speech.
Shortly after, the film made history once again when it took home the award for Best International Feature Film, the first Korean film to ever be nominated and win in the category.
Continuing on the winning streak, “Parasite”‘s Bong Joon-ho won the Oscar for Best Director. After being happy with just one award, the director concluded his second acceptance speech by expressing that he’s “ready to drink tonight until next morning.”
The drama’s Academy Awards success is the most recent recognition in a pool of honourable victory, beginning last year with the Palme d’Or at Cannes, to more current awards for original screenplay at the Writers Guild of America and BAFTA Awards. “Parasite” also took the title of the first foreign-language film to achieve the topmost honours at the SAG Awards, following its win for Best Ensemble during the show.
Now available on DVD and blu-ray, “Parasite” was also nominated for Best Editing and Best Production Design at Sunday night’s Oscars.
~ With files from Associated Press