'Parasite' makes history with huge wins at 2020 Oscars

By Zach Harper

Parasite became the first non-English-language film to ever win Best Picture at the Oscars on Feb. 9, making history several times to the delight of film buffs around the world.

The film, which centres on members of a low-income family whose scheme to infiltrate a wealthy family's household devolves into violence and murder, also garnered the Best International Feature Film award. Bong also beat out tight competition from the likes of Todd Phillips, Sam Mendes, Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino to take Best Director, and he also won Best Original Screenplay.

"I'm speechless. We never imagined this to ever happen. We are so happy," producer Kwak Sin-ae said in accepting Best Picture. "I feel like a very opportune moment in history is happening right now."

Spike Lee, 2019's Best Director winner, presented Bong with his award. Photo: © Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images

The film, which has drawn rave reviews from critics since it was released, has been a darling of awards season. In the last month-and-a-half alone it has picked up Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the SAG Awards and won BAFTAs for Best Film Not in the English Language and Best Original Screenplay.

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Bong was charming throughout the evening as he took the stage several times to accept the awards, bringing the cast members and producers with him on separate times in an effort to recognize their contributions.

"After winning best international feature, I thought I was done for the day and was ready to relax," he joked while accepting the Best Director award.

"Thank you so much," he continued, and then paid tribute to fellow nominee Martin with something the legendary director once said. "When I was young and studying cinema, there was a saying that I carved deep into my heart, which is that 'the most personal is the most creative.'

Parasite's incredible evening began when Bong and Han Jin-won picked up the Best Original Screenplay Oscar. Photo: © Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty Images

"When I was in school, I studied Martin Scorsese's films. Just to be nominated was a huge honour. I never thought I would win."

He then turned to Quentin to give the Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood writer and director his own shoutout.

"When people in the U.S. were not familiar with my films, Quentin always put my films on his list. He's here. Thank you so much. Quentin, I love you."

Bong didn't forget Todd or Sam, calling them directors he admires.

"If the Academy allows, I would like to get a Texas chainsaw, split the award into five and share it with all of you," he joked. "Thank you. I will drink until next morning. Thank you."

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