Bong Joon Ho creates Oscar history with best picture win for ‘Parasite’

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Los Angeles: Bong Joon Ho poses in the press room with the awards for best director for "Parasite" and for best international feature film for "Parasite" from South Korea at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP/PTI Photo)

Los Angeles: Bong Joon Ho poses in the press room with the awards for best director for “Parasite” and for best international feature film for “Parasite” from South Korea at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP/PTI Photo)

“Parasite”, director Bong Joon Ho’s twisted satire on the class divide, leap-frogged through 92 years of Oscars history to become the first non-English and South Korean film ever to win the best picture award.

The movie, a cleverly crafted, the stylish genre-bending story broke the “one-inch long subtitle barrier” that its director Bong famously had talked about in the run-up to the Oscars to sweep the top categories that also included the international feature, best director and original screenplay.

Talking backstage to Academy’s ‘Thank you cam’, the director called the win “surreal”.

“Four times… It’s crazy. It’s an unbelievable night. It’s such a great honour. I feel like I’ll wake up to find this all a dream. It all feels very surreal,” he said.

Renee Zellweger’s poignant portrayal of yesteryear actor-singer Judy Garland in her twilight years helped the actor win the best actress at the 92 Academy Awards here.

It was a second Academy Award for Zellweger who previously won a best-supporting actress Oscar 15 years ago for her role in “Cold Mountain”.

Hollywood star Joaquin Phoenix finally ended his dry run at the Oscars as he picked up the best actor trophy for his performance in and as “Joker” at the 92nd Academy Awards.

The 45-year-old actor had earlier bagged a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his turn as a failed, unhinged stand-up comedian who descends into chaos.

“Toy Story 4″ became the 10th Pixar Animation Studios project to take home the best-animated feature trophy at the Academy Awards.

Directed by debutant Josh Cooley, the film was up against award season favourite “Klaus”, “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”, “Missing Link” and “I Lost My Body”.

(PTI)