From
the moment we heard that Parasite was nominated we were both elated
and preemptively disappointed. We were all pretty sure it would get
Best Foreign Film but we had little hope for anything else. After
all, foreign films have never gotten a “Best Picture” Oscar
before, until this year. 2020 Oscars became the most extraordinary
event in movie history. Parasite, a South Korean film about class
warfare, literally made history at this year’s Academy Awards
winning not only the Best Foreign Film award but also sweeping three
more Oscars for Best Director, Best Picture and Best Original
Screenplay – all of them very much deserved. This is the first time
in the history of the Academy Awards that a foreign language film
received such praise in the highest categories.

Earlier
at BAFTAs, the director Bong Joon-ho said: “Once you overcome the
one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many
more amazing films.” Many took that as a stab at the Oscars and the
general prejudice that foreign-language films face in the world
dominated by English language movies. Bong never expected such a
success for Parasite.

When
accepting the Oscar for Best Director, Bong Joon-ho said :

“After
winning Best International Feature I knew I was done for the day and
was ready to relax. Thank you so much when I was young and studying
cinema there was this thing that I carved deep into my heart which is
‘the most personal is the most creative’ – that’s a quote from
Martin Scorsese”. Bong Joon-ho said that getting nominated was the
biggest honour he never thought he would actually win. He also
thanked Quentin Tarantino for always putting Bong’s movies on his
list, even when American audiences didn’t know about him. He
thanked everyone and said he will drink until the next morning in
celebration.

When
Parasite won the Best Picture Bong let the movie’s producers Kwak
Sin-ae and Miky Lee take the mic. Kwak said she was speechless and
that she felt like a very opportune moment in history is happening
right now. She expressed her deepest respect and gratitude to all the
members of the Academy for making this decision.

The
acceptance speech ran a bit too long and the mics got cut off and the
lights turned off but everyone in the audience started changing to
let them finish their speech.

Later
when Bong Joon-ho he got off stage and was interviewed he was asked
how did he feel about making history he said “Yeah it’s history
but I never intended it. We just made a movie, as always. It just
happened.” The interviewer went on to add: “You just made a movie
but it became a movement”. To which Bong responded with “Oh you
think so? Really? Thank you. The world won’t change overnight
because of this but I hope this provides a small spark.”

You could tell that the whole team behind the movie Parasite never expected this, but they were all incredibly proud and happy. What does this win tell us? Well, that hopefully the world is changing and we can expect more great things from the Oscars in the future.

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