The worldwide phenomenon “Parasite” made history at this year’s Oscars


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Angela Donato, Staff Writer

Last week, Bong Joon-Ho’s dark, comedic societal-thriller “Parasite” left taking home the most Oscars of the night including the biggest award.

The film was nominated for six awards at the 2020 Oscar’s. Best Picture, Best Director for Bong Joon-Ho, Best International Feature Film for South Korea, Writing (Original Screenplay) for Bong Joon-Ho and Han Jin-Won, Best Production Design and Best Film Editing.

At the end of the night, “Parasite” went home with four out of their six nominations.

It made a historic win at the Oscars with winning the biggest prize of the night, “Best Picture” for becoming both the first International-feature film (previously known as Best Foreign Language Film prior to 2020) and th­­e first non-English-language film to win the coveted award.

In the Oscars history there have only been 10 nominated Best Language Film’s up for “Best Picture.” The most recent contender for the award before “Parasite” was Alfonso Cuarón’s film “Roma” nominated back in 2019.

The cast and crew went to the stage to accept the Oscar for “Best Picture.” After everyone came to the stage, producer Kwak Sin-Ae gave a speech via a translator.

“I’m speechless. We never imagined this to ever happen. We are so happy,” Kwak Sin-Ae said. “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. Thank you.”

After Sine-Ae finished her speech the cameras panned away and the lights around the cast and crew dimmed, but immediately after the entire Oscar crowd began to cheer for more.

Miky Lee, executive producer of “Parasite” then went on to make her speech thanking Bong Joon-Ho and many more including the Korean film audience.

“Without you, our Korean film audience, we are not here. Thank you very much,” Lee said.

The other nominees up for Best Picture included “Ford V Ferrari,” “The Irishman,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Joker,” “Little Women,” “Marriage Story,” “1917” and “Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood.”

In addition to the win for “Best Picture” it also won Writing (Original Screenplay) for Bong Joon-Ho and Han Jin-Won becoming the first Asian nominees to win the award, Best Director for Bong Joon-Ho and Best International Feature Film for South Korea. It also became the first time a South Korea film was nominated for this award in the Oscar’s history.

“I’m so happy to be its first recipient under the new name. I applaud and support the new direction that this change symbolizes. All our loving crew members and cast members are here with us today,” said Joon-Ho when accepting the Best International Feature Film.

According to the Oscar’s website, the winning film is about how “class discrimination and a mysterious interloper threaten the newly formed symbiotic relationship between the wealthy Park family and the destitute Kim clan.”

If you haven’t gotten a chance to watch “Parasite” or want to see it again, the award-winning film can be seen in New Jersey theaters.