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