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"Parasite" makes history with Best Picture win at Oscars 2020


Date Posted: 10 February 2020

Bong Joon Ho's "Parasite" is the first movie not in English to win the Oscars' Best Picture.
Bong Joon Ho's "Parasite" is the first movie not in English to win the Oscars' Best Picture.

10 Feb – The 92nd Academy Awards, or more widely known as the Oscars, has wrapped up with South Korea's "Parasite" making history with its wins.

The Bong Joon Ho-directed movie took home four wins in total, which are the coveted Best Picture and Best International Feature Film, as well as Best Directing Best and Original Screenplay for Bong, the latter which he shares with co-writer Han Jin Won.

This is the first time that a movie won both Best Picture and Best International Feature Film (previously known as Best Foreign Language Film). The previous five double nominees, 1969's "Z", 1998's "Life Is Beautiful", 2000's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", 2012's "Amour" and 2018's "Roma", only won in the Foreign film category but lost to other titles for the top Academy Award.


Prior to its groundbreaking wins, the movie was already making history when it received its Oscars nominations, as it was only the 11th foreign language movie to be nominated for Best Picture and the sixth movie to be simultaneously nominated for both Best Picture and Best International Feature Film.

"Parasite" was also the first South Korean title to receive any Oscar nomination.

Its four wins, out of six nominations, also makes "Parasite" the biggest winner of this year's Oscars. It is the third foreign language film to win four Oscars, after "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and 1984's "Fanny and Alexander".


Sam Mendes' "1917" is the second biggest winner of Oscars 2020 with its three awards.

Movies that had 10 nominations or more, namely "Joker", "1917", "The Irishman" and "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood", took home less accolades than expected.

"Joker" only won two out of its 11 nominations, including Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix; "The Irishman" won none; "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" won only two out of 10, including Best Supporting Actor for Brad Pitt; and "1917" took home three wins out of its 10 nominations.

Winners of the 92nd Academy Awards are highlighted in bold in the list below.

Best Picture
"Ford v Ferrari"
"The Irishman"
"Jojo Rabbit"
"Joker"
"Little Women"
"Marriage Story"
"1917"
"Once Upon A Time In Hollywood"
"Parasite" (WINNER)

Best Actress in A Leading Role
Cynthia Erivo, "Harriet"
Scarlett Johansson, "Marriage Story"
Saoirse Ronan, "Little Women"
Charlize Theron, "Bombshell"
Renée Zellweger, "Judy" (WINNER)

Best Actor in A Leading Role
Antonio Banderas, "Pain and Glory"
Leonardo DiCaprio, "Once Upon A Time in Hollywood"
Adam Driver, "Marriage Story"
Joaquin Phoenix, "Joker" (WINNER)
Jonathan Pryce, "The Two Popes"

Best Actress in A Supporting Role
Kathy Bates, "Richard Jewell"
Laura Dern, "Marriage Story" (WINNER)
Scarlett Johansson, "Jojo Rabbit"
Florence Pugh, "Little Women"
Margot Robbie, "Bombshell"

Best Actor in A Supporting Role
Tom Hanks, "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"
Joe Pesci, "The Irishman"
Anthony Hopkins, "The Two Popes"
Al Pacino, "The Irishman"
Brad Pitt, "Once Upon A Time in Hollywood" (WINNER)

Best Directing
Martin Scorsese, "The Irishman"
Todd Phillips, "Joker"
Sam Mendes, "1917"
Quentin Tarantino, "Once Upon A Time in Hollywood"
Bong Joon Ho, "Parasite" (WINNER)

Best Animated Feature Film
"How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World"
"I Lost My Body"
"Klaus"
"Missing Link"
"Toy Story 4" (WINNER)

Best Cinematography
"The Irishman", Rodrigo Prieto
"Joker", Lawrence Sher
"The Lighthouse", Jarin Blaschke
"1917", Roger Deakins (WINNER)
"Once Upon A Time in Hollywood", Robert Richardson

Best Costume Design
"The Irishman", Sandy Powell and Christopher Peterson
"Jojo Rabbit", Mayes C. Rubeo
"Joker", Mark Bridges
"Little Women", Jacqueline Durran (WINNER)
"Once Upon A Time in Hollywood", Arianne Phillips

Best Documentary (Feature)
"American Factory", Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert and Jeff Reichert (WINNER)
"The Cave", Feras Fayyad, Kirstine Barfod and Sigrid Dyekjær
"The Edge of Democracy", Petra Costa, Joanna Natasegara, Shane Boris and Tiago Pavan
"For Sama", Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts
"Honeyland", Ljubo Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska and Atanas Georgiev

Best Documentary (Short Subject)
"In the Absence", Yi Seung-Jun and Gary Byung-Seok Kam
"Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're A Girl)", Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva (WINNER)
"Life Overtakes Me", John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson
"St. Louis Superman", Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan
"Walk Run Cha-Cha", Laura Nix and Colette Sandstedt

Best Film Editing
"Ford v Ferrari", Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland (WINNER)
"The Irishman", Thelma Schoonmaker
"Jojo Rabbit", Tom Eagles
"Joker", Jeff Groth
"Parasite", Yang Jinmo

Best International Feature Film
"Corpus Christi" (Poland)
"Honeyland" (North Marcedonia)
"Les Misérables" (France)
"Pain and Glory" (Spain)
"Parasite" (South Korea) (WINNER)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
"Bombshell", Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker (WINNER)
"Joker", Nicki Ledermann and Kay Georgiou
"Judy", Jeremy Woodhead
"Maleficent: Mistress of Evil", "Judy", Paul Gooch, Arjen Tuiten and David White
"1917", Naomi Donne, Tristan Versluis and Rebecca Cole

Best Music (Original Score)
"Joker", Hildur Guðnadóttir (WINNER)
"Little Women", Alexandre Desplat
"Marriage Story", Randy Newman
"1917", Thomas Newman
"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker", John Williams

Best Music (Original Song)
"I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away" ("Toy Story 4"), Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
"(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" ("Rocketman"), Music by Elton John, Lyric by Bernie Taupin (WINNER)
"I'm Standing With You" ("Breakthrough"), Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
"Into the Unknown" ("Frozen 2"), Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
"Stand Up" ("Harriet"), Music and Lyric by Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo

Best Production Design
"The Irishman"
"Jojo Rabbit"
"1917"
"Once Upon A Time in Hollywood" (WINNER)
"Parasite"

Best Short Film (Animated)
"Dcera (Daughter)", Daria Kashcheeva
"Hair Love", Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver (WINNER)
"Kitbull", Rosana Sullivan and Kathryn Hendrickson
"Memorable", Bruno Collet and Jean-François Le Corre
"Sister", Siqi Song

Best Short Film (Live Action)
"Brotherhood", Meryam Joobeur and Maria Gracia Turgeon
"Nefta Football Club", Yves Piat and Damien Megherbi
"The Neighbor's Window", Marshall Curry (WINNER)
"Saria", Bryan Buckley and Matt Lefebvre
"A Sister", Delphine Girard

Best Sound Editing
"Ford v Ferrari", Donald Sylvester (WINNER)
"Joker", Alan Robert Murray
"1917", Oliver Tarney and Rachael Tate
"Once Upon A Time in Hollywood", Wylie Stateman
"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker", Matthew Wood and David Acord

Best Sound Mixing
"Ad Astra", Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson and Mark Ulano
"Ford v Ferrari", Paul Massey, David Giammarco and Steven A. Morrow
"Joker", Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic and Tod Maitland
"1917", Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson (WINNER)
"Once Upon A Time in Hollywood", Michael Minkler, Christian P. Minkler and Mark Ulano

Best Visual Effects
"Avengers: Endgame", Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Matt Aitken and Dan Sudick
"The Irishman", Pablo Helman, Leandro Estebecorena, Nelson Sepulveda-Fauser and Stephane Grabli
"The Lion King", Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Elliot Newman
"1917", Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy (WINNER)
"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker", Roger Guyett, Neal Scanlan, Patrick Tubach and Dominic Tuohy

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
"The Irishman", Steven Zaillian
"Jojo Rabbit", Taika Waititi (WINNER)
"Joker", Todd Phillips and Scott Silver
"Little Women", Greta Gerwig
"The Two Popes", Anthony McCarten

Best Writing (Original Screenplay)
"Knives Out", Rian Johnson
"Marriage Story", Noah Baumbach
"1917", Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns
"Once Upon A Time in Hollywood", Quentin Tarantino
"Parasite", Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won (WINNER)

(Photo source: LA Times)

Writer: Florey DM



Related Movies
Parasite (Korean) (15 Aug 2019)
1917 (16 Jan 2020)
Joker (03 Oct 2019)
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (15 Aug 2019)
Little Women (13 Feb 2020)
Ford v Ferrari (14 Nov 2019)
Bombshell (02 Jan 2020)
Rocketman (25 Jul 2019)
Toy Story 4 (20 Jun 2019)


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