Oscars 2020: Parasite Wins Best Picture and Makes History

Parasite becomes the first foreign language film to win the Oscar for Best Picture.

Parasite ended its award show sweep this season by taking home Best Picture, making it the first non-English speaking film to win the Academy’s most prestigious award.

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Bong Joon-ho’s movie about a lower-income family who infiltrates a wealthy household, only to learn a much darker secret, has led the awards season. The movie scored multiple awards for writer and director Bong during the evening including Best Screenplay, Best Director, and Best International Feature Film.

“After winning Best International Feature, I thought I was done for the day and ready to relax,” Bong Joon-ho said. “I’m ready to drink tonight,” he joked on stage.

Parasite winning Best Picture is genuinely history being made. With no foreign language film having ever achieved the coup—nor any film since Slumdog Millionaire in 2009 winning without acting nominations.

Parasite is also the first film from a South Korean director to win the Best Picture, and the first with a primarily Asian cast. Parasite beat out Joker, Ford v Ferrari, The Irishman, Marriage Story, Little Women, 1917, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and Jojo Rabbit in the process.

Also we must say that only 11 other non-English speaking movies were previously nominated for Best Picture, including Roma, Amour, Babel, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

What an achievement for Parasite, congratulations to Bong Joon-ho!

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