South Korean Film 'Parasite' Makes Oscars History Winning Best Picture

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"Parasite" Makes Oscars History Winning Best Picture

The biggest awards show of the year, the Oscars, honoured the best movies of 2019 on Sunday night in Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre.

Korean movie Parasite made history as the first foreign-language film to ever win the best picture Oscar. Throughout the night, Parasite won four Oscars across the major categories, including best international film and best director.

Among this year’s Academy Award nominees were some familiar names: Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Kathy Bates.

Few categories were more certain coming into the Oscars than best supporting actor, which Pitt has had locked down all awards season. Pitt earlier shared in the best picture win for 12 Years a Slave, for which he was a producer.

“They told me I have 45 seconds to speak, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week,” said Pitt, alluding to the impeachment hearings.

Pitt said the honour had given him reason to reflect on his fairy-tale journey in the film industry, going back to when he moved to Los Angeles from Missouri. Once upon a time in Hollywood, said Pitt. “Ain’t that the truth.”

Three-time nominee Laura Dern took home best supporting actress for playing a divorce lawyer in the Netflix drama Marriage Story — the first-ever Oscar awarded to an actor for a Netflix movie.

Parasite and director Bong Joon Ho won best screenplay, the first Asian writer to take the prize, and Parasite became the first Korean film to win an Oscar.

“Regardless of the outcome, I think the door has been opened,” Bong said on the red carpet. “I think as long as we continue this effort, the door will just open wider and wider.”

The movie also won best international film, an award it was expected to win, and Bong won best director, a big surprise considering the juggernaut competitors like Quentin Tarantino, Sam Mendes and Martin Scorsese in the category.

Joaquin Phoenix delivered a long speech about inequality after he picked up the best actor Oscar for Joker, and Renee Zellweger won the best actress Oscar for her portrayal of Judy Garland in Judy.

It is Phoenix’s first Oscar and fourth nomination. Widely praised for performances in films ranging from Gladiator to the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, a best actor win had proved elusive for Phoenix.

In his acceptance speech, Phoenix said he did not feel elevated above any of his fellow nominees. He said he didn’t know what he would be if not for acting. As for Zellweger, it’s her second Oscar; she won the supporting actress award in 2004 for Cold Mountain.

The Complete list of 2020 Oscars Winners:

Best Picture

Ford v. Ferrari

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Marriage Story

1917

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

** WINNER: Parasite

 

Best Actress

Cynthia Erivo, Harriet

Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story

Saoirse Ronan, Little Women

Charlize Theron, Bombshell

** WINNER: Renee Zellweger, Judy

 

Best Actor

Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory

Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Adam Driver, Marriage Story

** WINNER: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker

Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

 

Best Supporting Actress

Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell

** WINNER: Laura Dern, Marriage Story

Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit

Florence Pugh, Little Women

Margot Robbie, Bombshell

 

Best Supporting Actor

Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Anthony Hopkins, Two Popes

Al Pacino, The Irishman

Joe Pesci, The Irishman

** WINNER: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Directing

The Irishman, Martin Scorsese

Joker, Todd Phillips

1917, Sam Mendes

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino

** WINNER: Parasite, Bong Joon Ho

 

Film Editing

** WINNER: Ford vs. Ferrari

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Parasite

International Feature Film

Corpus Christi

Honeyland

Les Miserables

Pain and Glory

** WINNER: Parasite

 

Original Score

** WINNER: Joker

Little Women

Marriage Story

1917

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

 

Original Song

“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” Toy Story 4

** WINNER: “I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” Rocketman

“I’m Standing With You,” Breakthrough

“Into the Unknown,” Frozen 2

“Stand Up,” Harriet

 

Production Design

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

1917

** WINNER: Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Parasite

 

Visual Effects

Avengers: Endgame

The Irishman

The Lion King

** WINNER: 1917

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

 

Comedians Expose Lack Of Women Directorial Nominees

Two former Oscar hosts, Chris Rock and Steve Martin, dropped in to supply an opening monologue. Martin called it “an incredible demotion.” Martin noted that something was missing from this year’s directing nominees. “Vaginas!” Rock replied.

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