Oscars 2020: “Parasite” Becomes the First Foreign-Language Film to Win Best Picture

The 2020 Oscars were filled with some amazing moments, but Parasite ended up surprising everyone, winning against many obvious front runners.

Not only did Parasite win Best Picture, making it the first foreign-language film to win in this category, but it also beat out The Irishman, Marriage Story, Joker, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, 1917, Ford v Ferrari, Jojo Rabbit, and Little Women.

Directed by Bong Joon-Ho, the South Korean thriller started the night by winning Best Original Screenplay and going on to win the International Feature Film Prize and Best Director, beating 1917’s director Sam Mendes.

After accepting the Oscar on stage, producer Kwak Sin Ae said, “I’m speechless. We never imagined this to ever happen, we are so happy. I feel like a very opportune moment in history is happening … right now. I express my deepest gratitude and respect for all the members of the Academy for making this decision.”

Bong Joon-Ho spoke about his wins backstage, saying that “it’s really f—ing crazy! I’m just a very strange person. I just did what I always did with producer Kwak. I feel like something will hit me and I will wake up from this dream.”

Also bringing home wins in the acting categories were Renée Zellweger (Judy), Joaquin Phoenix (Joker), Laura Dern (Marriage Story), and Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood).

The complete list of winners includes:

Best Picture: Parasite — Neon

Lead Actress: Renée Zellweger, Judy — LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions

Lead Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker — Warner Bros.

Director: Bong Joon Ho, Parasite — Neon

Original Song: “I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” Rocketman— Paramount

Original Score: Joker, Hildur Guðnadóttir — Warner Bros.

Best International Feature Film: Parasite, Bong Joon Ho — Neon

Makeup and Hair: Bombshell— Lionsgate

Visual Effects: 1917 — Universal/Amblin Partners

Film Editing: Ford v Ferrari, Michael McCusker, Andrew Buckland — Walt Disney

Cinematography: 1917, Roger Deakins — Universal/Amblin Partners

Sound Mixing: 1917 — Universal/Amblin Partners

Sound Editing: Ford v Ferrari, Don Sylvester — Walt Disney

Supporting Actress: Laura Dern, Marriage Story — Netflix

Best Documentary Short Subject: Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone, Carol Dysinger — A+E Networks

Best Documentary Feature: American Factory, Julia Reichert, Steven Bognar — Netflix

Costume Design: Little Women, Jacqueline Durran — Sony Pictures Releasing

Production Design: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh — Sony Pictures Releasing

Best Live Action Short Film: The Neighbors’ Window, Marshall Curry — A Marshall Curry Production

Adapted Screenplay: Jojo Rabbit, Taika Waititi — Fox Searchlight

Original Screenplay: Parasite, Bong Joon Ho, Jin Won Han — Neon

Animated Short: Hair Love, Matthew A. Cherry — Sony Pictures Releasing

Animated Feature: Toy Story 4,  Josh Cooley — Walt Disney

Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood — Sony Pictures Releasing