It was the biggest shock of the night after Eminem’s surprise Lose Yourself performance. Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite beat Sir Sam Mendes’ 1917 to Best Picture and Best Director after the latter had already won the same awards at the Golden Globes and BATFAs. The World War I movie was the bookies’ favourite. And yet Parasite pulled through, making history as the first non-English language movie to win the top prize of the 2020 Oscars.
Bong took to the stage to receive his film’s fourth Academy Award of the night after already accepting Best Original Screenplay, Best International Feature Film and Best Director.
Producer Kwak Sin-ae said: “I’m speechless. We never imagined this to 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 to all the members of the Academy for making this decision.”