'Parasite' Makes History At The Academy Awards, Winning Best Picture

A historic, surprising win for the South Korean film, becoming the very first non-English language film to win Best Picture.

After winning the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, making history as the first Oscar for a South Korean film, Bong Joon-ho then took home the award for Best International Feature Film, Best Director and taking home the biggest award of the evening.

It was a welcomed shock for many, with the critically acclaimed film up against a handful of other strong contenders including the most nominated of the evening 'Joker' and the favourite to win, '1917'.

'Parasite' wowed audiences with its scathing, tense take on classism as a struggling family con their way into the home of a wealthy couple, becoming entangled in a messy web of lies.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Bong Joon-ho accepts the International Feature Film award for 'Parasite' onstage during the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Though the film's director didn't speak while accepting the award for Best Picture, he had ample opportunities earlier in the evening when he accepted the film's three other awards.

Renamed from Best Foreign Film to Best International Feature Film, Joon-ho accepted his second Oscar award saying he was "happy to be its first recipient under the new name".



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Later in the evening, Joon-ho won Best Director which was a shock -- to him, at least.

"After winning Best International Feature Film I thought I was done for the day and was ready to relax," the director said.

Paying tribute to another of the nominated directors, Joon-ho said, "When I was young and studying cinema there was a saying that I carved deep into my heart which is: the most personal is the most creative.

Also giving thanks to another nominated director, Quentin Tarantino, for always including 'Parasite' in his recommendations, Joon-ho went on to say he wished he was able to take a chainsaw to the award and split it five-ways with each of the nominees.

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