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Parasite won best original screenplay at the 2020 Oscars on Sunday, picking up its first win of the evening and making history by being the first South Korean film to win an Oscar in any category. The film later received honors for best director, best foreign film and best picture.
In claiming the top prize, the South Korean satire beat out Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns’ 1917, Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
The category was presented by Diane Keaton and Keanu Reeves.
As Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin-won took the stage to accept the award, Bong thanked the Academy for the “great honor.”
“Writing a script is always such a lonely process. We never write to represent our countries,” Bong, who won his first Oscar this evening, said.
“I thank my wife for always being an inspiration to me. I thank all the actors who are with me today for bringing this film to life,” he added.
Co-writer Han thanked Bong and his parents for the win, and mentioned sharing the win with South Korea’s “storytellers and filmmakers.”
Later while speaking with reporters backstage, Bong said of the film, “I just did what I’ve always done, with very great artists…it was the same process making this film. It still feels very surreal. I feel like something will hit me and I will wake up from this dream.”
Parasite is the first Asian film to win this award, sharing space with previous foreign-language film winners including Divorce Italian Style, A Man and a Woman and Talk to Her.
The 2020 Oscars aired live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.
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