If you haven’t see in yet, you are truly missing out on one of the most entertaining movies of 2019.
And the Best Picture Oscar goes to . . . “Parasite.”
The cast accepted the award onstage at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., Sunday alongside director Bong Joon Ho, marking the first time a non-English film has won the award.
“I’m speechless,” producer Kwak Sin-ae said. “We never imagined this to ever happen. We are so happy. I feel like a very opportune moment in history is happening right now.”
She continued: “I express my deepest gratitude and respect for all the members of the Academy for making this decision.”
After she finished her speech, cameras panned away from the cast and the lights turned down to begin the finale of the show. However, the entire Oscars audience started cheering for more, prompting more speeches.
“I really like to thank director Bong,” “Parasite” actress Lee Jeong-eun added. “Thank you for being you. And I like everything about him: his smile, his crazy hair, the way he talks, the way he walks, and especially the way he directs. And, what I really like about him is his sense of humor and the fact is he can be really making fun of himself and he never takes himself seriously.”
She continued: “I’d like to thank everybody who’s been supporting ‘Parasite,’ and who’s been working with ‘Parasite’ and who’s been loving ‘Parasite,’” adding that she’s particularly thankful for Korean fans of the film.
“Without you, our Korean film audience, we are not here,” Jeong-eun said.
“Parasite” won four Oscars, the most for any film, and edged out fellow Best Picture nominees, including “Ford v Ferrari,” “The Irishman,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Joker,” “Little Women,” “Marriage Story,” “1917” and “Once Upon a Time in . . . Hollywood.”
Earlier in the night, “Parasite” also won Best Director, Best International Feature Film and Best Original Screenplay.
This is the first Korean film and the first non-English film to win Best Picture at the Oscars. In fact, 2020 is the first time a Korean film even scored a Best Picture nomination.
The lives of two families — one wealthy, one struggling — intersect in “Parasite,” with a young man masquerading as a college-educated tutor for a rich family in Seoul, South Korea. As the story unfolds, much of what is on the surface isn’t exactly what it seems. It’s best to leave it at that for those who haven’t yet seen the film.
Bong, 50, has pointed out that the film has elements of social commentary, and he actually drew from personal experiences.
“When I was in college, I tutored for a rich family, and I remember the eerie feeling that I got from that house — the eerie atmosphere, and the smell,” he told the AV Club. “My student was this middle-school-aged boy, and he took me to the second floor of the house to show me their private sauna. And I remember being amazed that a house could have its own private sauna.”