Parasite has made Academy Awards history by becoming the first non-English language film to win best picture. The important win happened at the 92nd Oscars which took place in Hollywood last night.
The comedy-thriller film beat front runners 1917 and Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood.
Director Bong Joon-ho was clearly thrilled to accept the award and told the audience he was looking forward to celebrating at the after party.
As well as taking home the biggest award of the night, the film also scooped best international feature, best director and best original screenplay, winning four out of its six overall nominations. The movie had already set an important record by becoming South Korea’s first nominated film at the Oscars.
Korean pride was also in full flow, even spilling on to Twitter, which is more commonly used by South Koreans overseas.
“I am proud to be Korean,” said one comment – while another user said they “screamed so hard my throat hurts”.
One person said hearing so much Korean on stage had turned them into “mess”. And the actress Sandra Oh – star of Grey’s Anatomy and Killing Eve – said she was “so so proud to be Korean”.
Many people also pointed out how significant it was that an Asian movie became a major success at the Academy Awards.
“Watching Bong Joon-ho winning the #Oscars with a non-English film is an incredibly empowering experience for Asians, esp. those who work in creative fields,” Jun Michael Park wrote on Twitter.
“Not only do we have to work extra hard for representation, but we also have to fight with our families to pursue our paths.”
The government in the South Korean capital Seoul was also quick to react, sending a tweet advertising the filming locations.
Do you know where the '#Parasite' was filmed?🎥— Seoul Government (@Seoul_gov) February 10, 2020
Check out the link (https://t.co/gNumwc1Lx3) for the shooting locations of 'Parasite' in Seoul. For your information, the house that appeared the most in the movie is a set made for filming.#ISeoulU #Seoul
Many cinemas across South Korea have decided to screen the 2019 film again, starting Monday evening.
Parasite has already won a string of awards including the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film festival and at the Bafta.
Kwak Sin Ae, producer, said of the night’s success:
“I’m speechless. We never imagined this to ever happen. We are so happy.”
The creative team had to overcome a slightly awkward moment when the lights went down during their best picture acceptance speech, due to to the fact the ceremony had run over time.
Parasite has made more than $165 million worldwide since its October release, and has been praised widely by viewers.