'Parasite' Makes Oscar History by Winning Best Picture at Academy Awards

Parasite emerged as the big winner at last night's Academy Awards, taking home four prizes and making history in the process.

The South Korean black-comedy thriller directed by Bong Joon-ho became the first non-English language movie ever to win the Best Picture award. It also won the Best International Feature Film prize, while Bong also collected the Best Director and Best Original Screenplay trophies.

"We never write to represent our country, but this is very personal to South Korea," the director told the audience during one of his acceptance speeches, adding jokingly later that he was "very ready to drink tonight until next morning."

Killing Eve's Sandra Oh, the daughter of South Korean parents who moved to Canada in the early 1960s, hailed the historic victory on Twitter.


If Joon-ho's work is new to you, you can find a round-up of his earlier movie and where to stream them here. 

Parasite's history-making victories meant that Sir Sam Mendes' 1917 had to settle for three wins in technical categories: Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Visual Effects.

As had been widely expected, Reneé Zellweger and Joaquin Phoenix won the Best Actress and Best Actor awards their performances for Judy and Joker, respectively. Marriage Story's Laura Dern and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood's Brad Pitt took home the Supporting Actress and Actor trophies.

Double nominees Scarlett Johansson and Cynthia Erivo went home empty-handed, though Erivo's performance of "Stand Up" from Harriet earned plenty of praise on Twitter.


Sir Elton John and his longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin won their first ever Oscar together when "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" from Rocketman was named Best Original Song. John had previously won the same award in 1995 for "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" from The Lion King, which he co-wrote with Sir Tim Rice.

Last year's Best Actress winner, Olivia Colman, drew plenty of laughs when she presented the Best Actor award to Phoenix, and used the opportunity to get a little bit salty.


Cats actors James Corden and Rebel Wilson provided another memorable moment when they poked fun at the movie before presenting the award for Best Visual Effects.


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