The cast of South Korean thriller, Parasite took the red carpet and the 2020 Oscars’ stage by storm tonight. Director Bong Joon-Ho and his cast of incredibly talented actors; Choi Woo-Shik, Park So-Dam, Lee Sun-Kyun, Cho Yeo-Jeong, Lee Jung-Eun, Jang Hye-Jin and Park Myung-Hoon strutted the red carpet with six nominations that night and came home with four huge wins under their belt. It was truly a historic win for not just Asian films, but foreign films in general as Parasite took home the prize for Best Director and Best Picture. This is the first time in the Academy Awards’ 92-year history that a subtitled, foreign film won the Best Picture category. Even Bong Joon-Ho could not believe it, saying in his acceptance speech, “I feel like I’ll wake up to find it’s all a dream. It all feels very surreal.” He ended off his acceptance speed candidly, “Thank you, I will drink till next morning.”
When Parasite won Best Picture, the entire cast went onstage and were understandably emotional due to this unexpected and historic win. The Academy Awards attempted to cut their speech short after producer Kwak Shin-Ae said a few words by panning the camera to presenter Jane Fonda to close the show. The A-list audience (with Tom Hanks, Charlize Theron and Margot Robbie leading the way) was not having it, booing and chanting “UP” until the lights on stage went back up again. Watch the full speech below:
"I feel like a very opportune moment in history is happening right now." The cast and crew of #Parasite take the stage to accept their historic best picture win at the #Oscars https://t.co/arhS7D5Qfq Watch the full speech: pic.twitter.com/zOhfPEb2gg— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 10, 2020
Humbly, Bong Joon-Ho took his big moment on stage when he won Best Director to thank the directors that inspired him, naming Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino. He said that he always lived by the quote, “Personal is most creative” when it came to making movies, pointing out that it was Scorsese who said it once and it stuck. You can check out his full acceptance speech below for this touching moment:
Parasite won the most number of awards that night, four in total with the epic WWI film, 1917 close behind at three. Truly a night to remember for the cast, crew, fans of the film and any aspiring film maker out there!