Monday, 24 February 2020, 04:05:41 am
Oscars 2020: South Korea's Parasite makes history by winning best picture
February 10, 2020

South Korean film Parasite has been named best picture at this year's Oscars, becoming the first non-English language film to take the top prize.

Renee Zellweger won best actress for playing Judy Garland in Judy. Joaquin Phoenix was named best actor for Joker.

Brad Pitt and Laura Dern scooped the supporting acting awards for their roles in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood and Marriage Story respectively.

Parasite won four awards in total, while Sir Sam Mendes's 1917 took three.

The World War One epic had been the favourite to win best picture, but its awards all came in the technical categories.

 

Parasite's 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 different classes in Seoul - 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.

"I feel like I'll wake up to find it's all a dream. It all feels very surreal," Bong said.

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."

There were boos when organisers tried to cut short the best picture acceptance speech by turning the stage lights off - leading the lights to be turned back on, allowing the celebrations to continue.

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt won the first acting Oscar of his career - picking up the best supporting actor trophy for his role in Quentin Tarantino's film.

He was the first winner of the night, and immediately used his speech to attack the way the impeachment proceedings against US President Donald Trump were handled.

Joaquin Phoenix, Renee Zellweger and Brad Pitt with their statuettes

Phoenix, who won best actor for his remarkable performance in the origin story about Batman's nemesis, also used the podium to send a heartfelt message about the state of the world, saying actors have the power to give a "voice for the voiceless".

After telling the audience to stop clapping him as he took to the stage - "Don't do that" - he managed to cover topics from animal rights and the environment to racism and sexism.

The biggest winners
  • Parasite - 4
  • 1917 - 3
  • Ford vs Ferrari - 2
  • Joker - 2
  • Once Upon A Time in Hollywood - 2
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  • A day before her 53rd birthday, Laura Dern won best supporting actress for playing a divorce lawyer in Marriage Story.

    She comes from an illustrious acting family, but in winning managed something her parents have not. Mother Diane Ladd has been nominated for three Academy Awards, and dad Bruce Dern has two unsuccessful nominations.

                             Laura Dern is congratulated by her mother, fellow Oscar nominee Diane Ladd 

    A day before her 53rd birthday, Laura Dern won best supporting actress for playing a divorce lawyer in Marriage Story.

    She comes from an illustrious acting family, but in winning managed something her parents have not. Mother Diane Ladd has been nominated for three Academy Awards, and dad Bruce Dern has two unsuccessful nominations. 

    Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin

    Sir Elton John and songwriting partner Bernie Taupin won best original song for (I'm Gonna) Love Me Again from Rocketman. It's Sir Elton's second Oscar, 25 years after winning for The Lion King.

    After receiving 13 unsuccessful nominations, Roger Deakins has now won his second Oscar in three years, picking up the trophy for best cinematography for 1917. 
    • British pair Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson picked up the sound mixing award for the same film.
    • Costume designer Jacqueline Durran won the second Oscar of her career for her work on Little Women.
    • British-made Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone (If You're A Girl) scooped best short documentary.
    • Former NFL player Matthew A Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver