Parasite makes history by winning Best Picture Oscar


Parasite and director Bong Joon-Ho have Best Picture, Best Director, Best International Feature Film and Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards, making it the first foreign-language film to be crowned Best Picture in the Oscars’ 92-year history.

The South Korean film is a black comedy thriller about a poor family who scheme to become employed by a rich family by posing as unrelated, highly-qualified people.

After accepting the award Best Picture, Bong Joon-Ho said, “It’s very hard to believe. It’s such a great honour. I feel like I’ll wake up to find this all a dream, it’s very surreal.”

Best Actor was won, as expected, by Joaquin Phoenix for his role in Joker. He gave an impassioned speech about the “distressing issues” that the world is facing and urged everyone to live with love and compassion. He also recited a song written by his late brother Phoenix who died from a drug overdose at 23 years old in 1993 outside the Viper Room in Los Angeles, with the lyrics: “Run to the rescue with love and peace will follow.”

Joaquin Phoenix in Joker.

Renée Zellweger won Best Actress for the titular role in the Judy Garland biopic Judy. Brad Pitt walked away with the Best Supporting Gong for his role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, while Laura Dern won Best Supporting Actress for Marriage Story.

New Zealand director Taika Waititi also made history by being the first Māori person to win an Oscar. Waititi won Best Adapted Screenplay for his World War II satire “Jojo Rabbit” ― which he wrote, directed and starred in.

Elton John won his first Oscar in 25 years for I’m Gonna Love Me Again from Rocketman. His previous win was for Can You Feel the Love Tonight? from The Lion King in 1995.

In other news, Keanu Reeves won the unofficial title of Best Son by bringing his mother to the ceremony.

Actress Natalie Portman wore a black and gold dress with by a cape that was embroidered with the names of women directors who didn’t get a nod in the top directing category. “I wanted to recognise the women who were not recognised for their incredible work this year in my subtle way,” she said.

Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir won the Oscar for Best Original Score, for Joker – the first woman to scoop the award since 1997 – and one of only three female composers to ever be given the accolade. She urged women and girls to make their voices heard: “To the girls, to the women, to the mothers, to the daughters, who hear the music bubbling within, please speak up. We need to hear your voices.”

You may access the full list of winners here.