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‘Parasite’ Makes History at the 92nd Oscars

The Korean film adds more to its list of firsts

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By DOM GALEON

After already making waves in the international film scene, Bong Joon-Ho’s class drama Parasite makes history yet again, this time at the 92nd Academy Awards.

Parasite made history first by winning Best Original Screenplay, becoming the first South Korean film to win an Oscar. Then it bagged Best International Feature Film and then Best Picture, becoming the first foreign film to win the title.

Bong Joon-Ho also won Best Director, beating other topnotch filmmakers Martin Scorsese (The Irishman), Sam Mendes (1917), Todd Phillips (Joker), and Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood).

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“After winning Best International Feature, I thought I was done for the day and was ready to relax,” Bong said when he accepted his Oscar for Best Director. “Thank you so much. When I was young and studying cinema, there was a saying that I carved deep into my heart, which was: ‘The most personal is the most creative.’”

That quote, Bong then revealed, came from Scorsese. “When I was in school I studied Martin Scorsese’s films. Just to be nominated was a huge honor. I never thought I would win,” he said, also expressing admiration for fellow directors who were nominated with him.

“When people in the US were not familiar with my films, Quentin [Tarantino] always put my films on his list. He’s here, thank you so much. Quentin, I love you,” Bong added. “If the Academy would allow, I’d like to get a Texas chainsaw and split the Oscar trophy into five and share it with all of you.”

For this year’s Best Picture, Parasite competed against equally compelling titles. There was 1917, The Irishman, Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, Joker, Little Women, Marriage Story, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, and Ford v Ferrari.

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