'Parasite' makes Oscars history by becoming the first foreign-language movie to win 'Best Picture'

'Parasite' makes Oscars history by becoming the first foreign-language movie to win 'Best Picture'

The 92nd annual Academy Awards may have come and gone, but I am still giving a standing ovation for the South Korean film Parasite.

Parasite - a movie that follows the unemployed Ki-taek and his family as they ingratiate themselves into the lives of the wealthy and glamorous Parks family - made history on Sunday night, becoming the very first foreign-language movie to win the top prize of Best Picture.

If that wasn't enough (and it wasn't), the movie also scooped the Oscars for Best Director (Bong Joon-ho), Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film.

Check out a clip of Parasite's 'Best Picture' acceptance speech in the video below:

Parasite producer Kwak Sin-ae said through an interpreter as she accepted the award: "I'm speechless. We never imagined any of this to happen. We are so happy. I feel like a very opportune moment in history is happening right now. I express my deepest gratitude to the members of the Academy for making this decision."

Joon-ho also made history as an individual on Sunday night, becoming the first Korean ever to take home the Best Director statuette.

During his acceptance speech, director Joon-ho joked: "I'm ready to drink tonight. Just to be nominated was a huge honor. I never thought I would win. I will drink until next morning."

As well as becoming the first Korean movie to ever earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture, Parasite is also the sixth film ever to be nominated in both that category and the Best International Feature Film.

Parasite took in more than $100 million worldwide, and in a recent interview with Variety, Bong said: "The story is very universal. It’s a story about rich and poor. But maybe there is something more."

He added: "Korean cinema has a long history. There are many masters that have yet to be introduced to the Western audience. It would be great if people take more interest in Korean cinema due to my nomination."

The South Korean movie has had a very successful year, becoming the first South Korean movie to win the Palme d’Or, the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival back in May of 2019. It also won the Screen Actors Guild Award for 'Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture'.

You can see the full list of the winners and nominees of the 2020 Academy Awards below (winners in bold):

Best Picture:

1917
The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Little Women
Marriage Story
Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
Parasite
Ford v Ferrari

Best Actress:

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Renée Zellweger, Judy
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women

Best Actor:

Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

Best Sound Mixing:

Ad Astra
Joker
1917
Ford v Ferrari
Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Best Sound Editing:

1917
Ford v Ferrari
Joker
Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best Supporting Actress:

Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Florence Pugh, Little Women
Margot Robbie, Bombshell
Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit

Documentary Short Feature:

In the Absence
Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl)
Life Overtakes Me
St. Louis Superman
Walk Run Cha-Cha

Documentary Feature:

American Factory
The Cave
The Edge of Democracy
For Sama
Honeyland

Best Costume Design:

Sandy Powell & Christopher Peterson, The Irishman
Mark Bridges, Joker
Arianne Phillips, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
Jacqueline Durran, Little Women
Mayes C. Rubeo, Jojo Rabbit

Best Production Design:

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
The Irishman
1917
Jojo Rabbit
Parasite

Live-Action Short Film:

Brotherhood
Nefta Football Club
The Neighbors' Window
Saria
A Sister

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Steven Zaillian, The Irishman
Greta Gerwig, Little Women
Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit
Anthony McCarten, The Two Popes
Todd Phillips & Scott Silver, Joker

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Best Original Screenplay:

Rian Johnson, Knives Out
Noah Baumbach, Marriage Story
Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns, 1917
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
Bong Joon-ho, Parasite

Animated Short Film:

Dcera (Daughter)
Hair Love
Kitbull
Memorable
Sister

Animated Feature Film:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
I Lost My Body
Klaus
Missing Link
Toy Story 4

Best Supporting Actor:

Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Best Director:

Bong Joon-ho, Parasite
Sam Mendes, 1917
Todd Phillips, Joker
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Music (Original Song):

'I'm Standing With You' from Breakthrough
'Into The Unknown' from Frozen II
'Stand Up' from Harriet
'(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again' from Rocketman
'I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away' from Toy Story 4
'Glasgow' from Wild Rose

Music (Original Score):

Joker
Little Women
Marriage Story
1917
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

International Feature Film:

France, Les Misérables
North Macedonia, Honeyland
Poland, Corpus Christi
South Korea, Parasite
Spain, Pain and Glory

Makeup and Hairstyling:

Bombshell
Joker
Judy
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
1917

Visual Effects:

Avengers: Endgame
The Irishman
The Lion King
1917
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Best Film Editing:

The Irishman
Jojo Rabbit
Joker
Ford v Ferrari
Parasite

Best Cinematography:

Roger Deakins, 1917
Rodrigo Prieto, The Irishman
Lawrence Sher, Joker
Jarin Blaschke, The Lighthouse
Robert Richardson, Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood