9:47pm PT by Katherine Schaffstall
Late Night Hosts Celebrate Historic 'Parasite' Oscar Wins: "Hollywood Has a New Favorite Bong"
After the best in film was honored during Sunday's 2020 Oscars, it was the night's big winner, Parasite, that captured the attention of everyone, including late night hosts, who discussed the film during their Monday night shows.
Bong Joon Ho's dark satire dominated the Oscars, winning awards for best original screenplay, best international feature film, best director and best picture as it became the first foreign-language film to win the top honor.
"I was a little confused because I thought the first foreign-language film to win was Rocky," quipped Daily Show host Trevor Noah. "You're telling me you didn't need subtitles?"
This season, several awards shows — including the Oscars — have received criticism for their lack of diverse nominees and failure to nominate any female directors. Despite women and minorities making historic strides at last year's Oscars, this year's nominees list was largely noninclusive.
Throughout the night, stars found ways to address the lack of diversity and female director nominees, with Natalie Portman making a statement on the red carpet by wearing a Dior Haute Couture cape embroidered with the last names of snubbed female directors: Scafaria, Wang, Gerwig, Diop, Heller, Matsoukas, Har'el and Sciamma.
"You know what I did think was funny about the night, was how many times someone would get onstage, give a speech about how Hollywood needs diversity and then everyone in the audience would clap," Noah explained, before emphasizing, "It's all white people. Like, who do you think that person is talking to?" He added, "It's almost like clapping, like 'Yeah, the rest of these people, yeah. Not me, not me.'"
Noah doubted Parasite's win would foreshadow real change within the Academy. "I have noticed a pattern, though. There's definitely a pendulum that swings back and forth for best picture. Because last year, Green Book won and everyone was like, 'Ah, that's kinda unwoke.' So then this year, they said OK, 'We're gonna give it to a Korean movie about class warfare.' Now the Academy's pendulum is gonna swing back hard the other way — which is why I'm releasing my new film this fall. It's an all-male reboot of Little Women. It's gonna crush!"
Over at The Tonight Show, host Jimmy Fallon also applauded Parasite for winning top honors. "What an amazing moment for South Korea. They have Parasite. They have BTS. Meanwhile, North Korea is this close to dial-up internet," he quipped.
After recognizing that Parasite is the "first non-English-speaking film to win best picture," Fallon mentioned that that could be a tough statement given "some Arnold Schwarzenegger films come close."
On Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the late night host also discussed the Academy's "diversity problem," which he noted was rectified in a surprising way. "All the acting nominees but one were Caucasian, and what do you do when you have a diversity problem? Well, you hit 'em with the world's most famous white rapper," Kimmel said of Eminem's surprise performance of "Lose Yourself." Kimmel also noted that Trump may have "gained another 15 percent of the vote" after all of the acceptance speeches on Sunday night.
"Bottom line — don't expect to see the Joker doing a 'Got Milk?' commercial anytime soon," Kimmel said, joking about the part of Joaquin Phoenix's best actor acceptance speech where he said, "We feel entitled to artificially inseminate a cow, and when she gives birth, we steal her baby, … then we take her milk that's intended for her calf, and we put it in our coffee and our cereal."
Addressing Parasite's big wins, Kimmel explained how the plot of the film could easily apply to a certain American family: "a family who cons their way into a house they have no business living in, and things go very wrong from there. The American version of it is called 'The Trumps,'" Kimmel said, also describing the film as "Hairasite.'"
Kimmel also noted that Sunday night was the first time a man named Bong won "anything other than a hacky-sack contest."
"Move over, large glass contraption on Seth Rogen's nightstand, Hollywood has a new favorite Bong," Kimmel added.
During his show, Kimmel also played a segment highlighting his sidekick Guillermo's funny moments interviewing stars on the Oscars red carpet.
During The Late Show, Stephen Colbert also discussed Parasite's big win. "It was a historic night. Bong Joon Ho's Parasite became the first foreign-language film to win best film, unless you count 2017's The Shape of Water, which was filmed in the universal language of fish sex," Colbert joked.
Colbert also applauded writer-director Taika Waititi for being the first person of indigenous descent to win in a writing category. "He said in his speech, 'Apple needs to fix those keyboards. They are impossible to write on; it make me want to go back to PCs,'" Colbert said. "Here's how bad Taika Waititi's keyboard is. When he started his career, his name was Tony Wilson."
Like Kimmel, Colbert commented on Phoenix's Oscar acceptance speech where he discussed artificially inseminating cows. "Okay, Joaquin, that sounds horrible. But I never went to any of Harvey's parties and I don't want to know. That's not my scene," Colbert said.
Late Night With Seth Meyers writer Karen Chee explained the importance of Parasite's wins during Monday's episode of the late night show.
"Parasite winning so many Oscars is a huge deal for a lot of reasons," she said while wearing a party hat and shirt with Bong on it. "Do you know how powerful that movie is? It made Americans read for two hours. Librarians can't even do that."
She added that Parasite winning four trophies meant that during the ceremony, "four separate times people had to stop and acknowledge Koreans. Normally the only time I get acknowledged is when I'm at Trader Joe's and a stranger wants to know what kind of rice to buy."
Chee noted that Bong was accompanied by his translator onstage. "That is two more Koreans than you normally see on TV," she said.
The writer added that the film's wins gave Americans the chance "to see how hot Korean people are."
"So much about being a minority in America is unfortunately about feeling unseen," she said. "But last night, seeing a ton of Korean people in the spotlight winning major awards while speaking their own language, that made my head explode."
While recapping Parasite's big wins, an actor portraying Eminem stepped in front of Meyers and began to rap "Lose Yourself."
"We just said, 'We'll have him and he'll do this song now?'" Meyers said to a producer as the rapper continued. "I don't know. It's 2020. It just seems weird. … Well, cause it's an older song."
The host continued to argue that the appearance was unnecessary as the fake Eminem performed his song. The host eventually sprayed water at the rapper to get him to stop rapping.
The Late Late Show's James Corden called the Oscars "historic."
"Although this means today people everywhere are pretending like they've actually seen that movie," he said. "If you haven't seen Parasite yet, the film is about a family of con artists who hustle their way into a large, beautiful house. And no, before you ask, it's not about this family." A photo of the Trumps in front of the White House then appeared.
Corden later shared a clip of Bong stating he would "drink until next morning" while accepting the best director award. "And then all of the losers in all of his categories were like, 'Yeah, same,"' said the host. "The poor guy just wanted to go and have a drink and he just kept winning Oscars."
The host noted that Brad Pitt won his first acting Oscar at the ceremony. "It's just nice to see Brad Pitt catch a break," he said. "Although it's bittersweet for me. Not having an Oscar was something that Brad Pitt and I used to have in common. Now the only thing we have in common is our looks."
During Sunday's Academy Awards, Parasite nabbed four wins in total. Universal's 1917 nabbed three wins: for visual effects, cinematography and sound mixing. Another three films earned two honors each. Warner Bros.' Joker won in the lead actor category for Joaquin Phoenix and for original score. Meanwhile, Sony's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood scored wins for Pitt in the supporting actor category and for production design. 20th Century Studios' Ford v Ferrari won for film editing and sound editing.
Renée Zellweger secured the best actress win for Roadside Attractions' Judy, whereas Laura Dern earned a win for Netflix's Marriage Story in the supporting actress category.