'Parasite' Exec Toasts Delivery of Long-Awaited Best Picture Oscar With Backyard Celebration

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Tom Quinn

Tom Quinn had quite the backyard party Oct. 18. The Neon chief shared a photo on his private Instagram in which he's wearing a tux and posing with his wife and son, who holds one of Hollywood's most coveted accessories — a best picture Oscar.

Quinn said Neon PR execs Christina Zisa and Claire Timmons "arranged to miraculously pick up our long-awaited Parasite best picture Oscar. [It takes time for the distributor to get its trophy.] So of course we … put on our suits and dresses from that glorious evening, roamed our backyard and toasted the little statue with copious champagne. It's a little silly, but boy, was it a beautiful reminder of all the things that await us on the other side of this pandemic."

A rep confirms that the Oscar will reside at the Neon offices.

Bong Joon Ho's Parasite picked up four Oscars at February's telecast, including wins for best picture, director, screenplay and international feature. It was a historic night for the veteran filmmaker but also for Quinn's Neon. Following the show, he told The Hollywood Reporter that he considered the victories a boost for the entire industry. "It's a win for all of us. I couldn't be happier with the power of cinema."

A version of this story first appeared in the Oct. 21 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.