Well, that was one hell of an Oscars ceremony on Sunday night, huh? It’s rare for the Good Guys to win at these types of awards ceremonies (though it happens more often than their detractors — like us — are willing to admit), and a Good Guy most certainly did. Master filmmaker Bong Joon-ho tied Walt Disney’s record of winning four — yes, you read that right — four Academy Awards in a single night, as his film Parasite, which is a masterpiece, took home Best Original Screenplay, Best International Feature Film, Best Director and, yes, Best Picture.
Parasite, defying all typical Oscar voter logic, became the first non-English-language film to take home the top prize, and Bong became the first South Korean director to win Best Director (in a tremendous upset of the category’s favorite, 1917‘s Sam Mendes). As you might expect, there was much rejoicing online. After Green Book destroyed a year’s worth of Film Twitter morale in seconds, it was lovely to see the film community at large freak the fuck out about Bong’s win. Hopefully, this means even more viewers will check out his other work — we highly recommend Okja, Mother and The Host if you’re interested — and the whole of South Korean cinema just in general.
On the other hand, favorites dominated practically every other category. Each acting favorite took home their statuette and Joaquin Phoenix delivered one hell of a speech about veganism when accepting his award (never change, dude). So, it was a bad night for folks who tried to play the home run ball with their Oscars picks, but perhaps it was a great one for the cinema at large.
Here’s a list of the nominees and the winners are in bold: