It’s been a casual day at the Oscars for Bong Joon-ho and the Parasite gang, taking out four golden men and making some serious history while they’re at it. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cast full of such pure joy before.
Honestly, they’re just chuffed to be there.
— Nora Dominick (@noradominick) February 9, 2020
Not to mention, everyone was so happy for them being so happy they were winning. Which made me so happy for them and the whole crowd. And now I can’t stop smiling, my cheeks hurt, but I’m just so happy.
The film’s first win came very quickly, taking out Best Original Screenplay.
Though it wasn’t the first foreign-language film to win an Oscar for its screenplay, it is the first Asian film to take home the award, and the first foreign-language film to win in 17 years. Director (and ray of sunshine) Bong Joon-ho thanked his cast for “bringing this film to life.”
“You don’t write a script to represent our countries, but it’s the first Oscar for South Korea,” he said (through the marvelous translation of Sharon Choi).
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 10, 2020
And he gave us the most precious moment I’ve ever seen on the Oscar stage.
— GIPHY Pop (@GiphyPop) February 10, 2020
I feel so warm and fuzzy inside! Look at his happy FACE!
Next, Parasite claimed the Oscar for Best International Film (formerly Best Foreign-Language Film) – the first South Korean film to be nominated and to win. During his speech, Bong said maybe the most relatable thing of the night:
I’m ready to drink tonight until next morning, thank you.
You deserve it, my man.
— Oscars 2020 (@TheAwards2020) February 10, 2020
Finally, we were down to the night’s big awards – and it seemed like Parasite was charging down the home straight to take them all out. And boy did they.
Bong was named Best Director – swiping it from long-time fave Sam Mendes for 1917 – becoming the second director of a foreign-language film to win (after Alfonso Cuarón for Roma in 2018).
His acceptance speech was humble and sweet, paying tribute to his fellow nominees Martin Scorsese (giving him a standing-O) – whose words have long been “carved deep into my heart” – and Quentin Tarantino for championing his work.
— Geeks of Color (@GeeksOfColor) February 10, 2020
He gave us a real Cady Haron moment.
I would like to get a Texas chainsaw, split the Academy Award into five, and share it with all of you.
And then it was the tip-top prize: Best Picture. It was up in the air, but Parasite went and did the thing. They won Best Picture – the first foreign-language film to do so (and the first South Korean film to be nominated for it).
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— Dean Sanchez (@DeanSanchez) February 10, 2020
And when I say everyone was so happy for them, I mean everyone. So happy, in fact, that when their speeches were cut off by a lighting change, the crowd chanted “UP!” to keep them going.
something about everyone chanting for the lights to come back on after they turned off during the parasite cast’s speech is very important to me pic.twitter.com/vdzLU2yUyZ
— ًtom holland’s manager (@mcuharrier) February 10, 2020
We LOVE to see it.
That’s four Oscars for Parasite, the most for any film in one night – making Bong Joon-ho the first person to do so in one hit since Walt Disney in 1953. But Bong did it in the four big categories, Disney didn’t.
Are we seeing a new age of Hollywood cinema rising? Has Hollywood learned that subtitles aren’t that hard? Did we just witness the birth of a legend?
Bong said it best himself, the Oscars were “really fucking crazy”.
— Variety (@Variety) February 10, 2020
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