To many people’s surprise, comedy-thriller Parasite directed by Bong Joon Ho became the star of the night. As the first non-English language to win the best Best Picture, it marked history that shook Hollywood.
The movie centers on a poor household that infiltrates a wealthy family’s home, only to find out about a vile secret that will change their lives forever.
Parasite beat out The Irishman, Ford v Ferrari, Joker, Marriage Story, 1917, Little Women, Jojo Rabbit, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The win was also the first time in 65 years that the winner of Cannes’ Palme d’Or progressed to win the Academy Awards Best Picture. The film’s triumph did not just end with one award. It also bagged Best International Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.
The entire awards season has been a wild journey for Bong Joon Ho, who earned a cult following that called themselves “BongHive.” According to the director, the awards remind international audiences that films are crucial to discover.