The South Korean sensation became the first film in a language other than English ever to win best picture.
Parasite made history at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards, which were dispensed Sunday night (Feb. 9) at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The South Korean sensation became the first film in a language other than English ever to win best picture. Bong Joon-ho won Oscars for co-producing, directing and co-writing the film. This is only the seventh time in Oscar history that an individual (or pair, in one case) has received Oscars in all three capacities in a single year.
Bong Joon-ho follows Billy Wilder (The Apartment, 1960), Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather Part II, 1974), James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment, 1983), Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 2003), Joel & Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, 2007) and Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), 2014).
The film's road to Oscar glory began last May when it won the prestigious Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Last month, it became the first foreign-language film to win for ensemble performance at the SAG Awards.