Parasite won four awards in total, while Sir Sam Mendes’s 1917 took three. Bong Joon-ho beat Sir Sam to the prize for best director, and also took the best original screenplay award. The film is a vicious social satire about two families from very different classes – one who live in poverty in a semi-basement, and another rich family residing in a large home. It has now managed what no other subtitled film has done in the 92-year history of the Academy Awards and won best picture.
Producer Kwak Sin-ae, who collected the trophy, said: I’m speechless. We never imagined this to happen. I feel like a very opportune moment in history is happening right now.