Earlier Sunday night, Bong made history when he won the Oscar for best international feature film for Parasite. The social satire is the first film from South Korea to be nominated and win in the category. (In 2019, Lee Chang-dong’s Burning made the nine-film shortlist but didn’t make the final category cut.)
He also became the first Asian nominee to win best original screenplay, shared with co-writer Han Jin-won.
Parasite earned six Oscar nominations in all, including for best production design and best picture.
Upon accepting the award, Bong thanked each of his fellow nominees for the profound impact they’ve had on his career.
Read Bong’s full acceptance speech below.
Thank you. After winning best international feature, I thought I was done for the day and was ready to relax.
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. 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 [Tarantino] always put my films on his list. He’s here, thank you so much. Quentin, I love you.
And Todd [Phillips] and Sam [Mendes], 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.