South Korea‘s Parasite made history to become the first film not in the English language to take home best picture in the 92-year history of the Academy Awards.
Bong Joon Ho’s satire of inequality took Hollywood’s top prize at the Oscars on Sunday night, along with awards for best director, best international film and best screenplay, beating off competition from highly-fancied dramas including 1917, Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood, and The Irishman.
Parasite has already won many awards including the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival last year.
Parasite’s win was a watershed moment for the Academy Awards, which has long been content to relegate international films to their own category.
Multiple standing ovations greeted Bong’s several wins.
“I am ready to drink tonight,” Bong said, prompting roars from the crowd. Unexpectedly called up again for best director, Bong saluted his fellow nominees, particularly Martin Scorsese, and concluded: “Now I’m ready to drink until tomorrow.”