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The Parasite helmer won over fellow nominees Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Sam Mendes for 1917, Todd Phillips for Joker and Martin Scorsese for The Irishman.
“After winning best international feature, I thought I was done for the day and was ready to relax,” Bong said upon receiving the award. “Thank you so much. When I was young and studying cinema, there was a saying that I carved deep into my heart, which is that, ‘The most personal is the most creative.’ ”
That quote is from “our great Martin Scorsese,” he said, to massive applause. Scorsese stood up to accept the applause and waved.
Bong added, “When I was in school, I studied Martin Scorsese’s films. Just to be nominated was a huge honor. I never thought I would win. When people in the U.S. were not familiar with my films, Quentin always put my films on his list. He’s here, thank you so much. Quentin, I love you.”
He added, “And Todd and Sam, great directors that I admire. If the Academy allows, I would like to get a Texas chainsaw, split the award into five and share it with all of you. Thank you. I will drink until next morning, thank you.”
This was Bong’s second Oscar. He was nominated three times for Parasite — for best director, best motion picture and best original screenplay — and he won all three during Sunday night’s ceremony. Parasite also won for best international feature.
The 92nd annual Academy Awards took place at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood and were televised live on ABC.
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