Bong Joon-ho Sweeps Oscars with 'Parasite'

  • By Lee Hyun-yi

    February 10, 2020 13:28

    Director Bong Joon-ho bagged four Oscars at this year's Academy Awards in Hollywood, California on Sunday.

    The film won best picture, best director, best original screenplay and best international feature film, becoming not only the first Korean film ever to win an Oscar but the first film to take both the reserved category for films in a language other than English and best movie overall.

    Bong Joon-ho accepts an award for "Parasite" at the annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on Sunday. /AP-Yonhap

    In his first acceptance speech in part Korean, part English with the help of his trusty interpreter, Bong said, "Writing a script is such a lonely process, and we never write to represent our country. This is the very first Oscar to [Korea]. Thank you."

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences nominated the film in six categories including best picture.

    "Parasite" competed with heavyweights Martin Scorsese for "The Irishman," Todd Phillips for "Joker," Sam Mendes for "1917," and Quentin Tarantino for "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood."

    Bong thanked both Scorsese and Tarantino for inspiring him while he was studying cinema. "When I was in school I studied [Scorsese's] films. Just to be nominated (with him) was a huge honor. I never thought I would win," he said. "When people in the U.S. were not familiar with my films [Tarantino] always put my films on his list."

    Director Bong Joon-ho (center) arrives with the cast of "Parasite" on the red carpet of the annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on Sunday. /Reuters-Yonhap

    "Parasite" has been on an award-winning spree since receiving the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival last year.

    Bong Joon-ho (center) and the cast of "Parasite" pose for a photo at the annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on Sunday. /Reuters-Yonhap

    "Parasite" revolves around two families, one poor and one obscenely rich, whose lives intertwine in tragicomic ways that expose the growing class divisions in Korea and, judging by the global response, the rest of the world.

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