- Alumnus Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” Makes Oscar History February 10, 2020
Parasite crowns four Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, Best International Feature Film, Best Original Screenplay
Filmmaker Bong Joon-ho’s (entering class of ’88, Sociology) Parasite dominated the 92nd Academy Awards, crowning four Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, Best International Feature Film, and Best Original Screenplay.
As the first film in 92-year Oscar history to win both Best International Feature and Best Picture, Parasite’s momentous victory reflects the movie academy’s increasing focus on international cinema and representation. Bong is the second Asian to win Best Director, with Parasite, co-written by Bong himself and Han Jin Won, the first Asian film ever to win Best Original Screenplay.
Parasite received six total nominations at this year's Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director for Bong, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, Best Production Design, and Best International Feature Film.
Parasite has already collected numerous high-profile awards, including the Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language at the 77th Golden Globes (2020), and it was the first South Korean film to crown the Palme d’Or at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival (2019). The cast also received international acclaim – Parasite was the first foreign-language movie to win the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (2020).
Learn about director Bong’s experiences as a director and his fondest memories as a Yonsei student in an exclusive interview with student-led English monthly The Yonsei Annals last December.