“Parasite” makes Oscar history!

"Parasite" filmmakers and cast celebrate their Best Picture win. (Photo Credit: Kevin Winter)

“Parasite” has made history, becoming the first film foreign language film to win Best Picture.

The South Korean film is billed as a black comedy thriller, and was one of the hot favourites to take the top prize.

It beat out competition from “1917”, “Ford v Ferrari”, “The Irishman”, “Jojo Rabbit”, “Joker”, “Little Women”, “Marriage Story”, and “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”.

Upon accepting the award, producer Kwak Sin-ae, via an interpreter, extended thanks for the support received throughout the award season.

As expected, Joaquin Phoenix took home the award for Best Actor for his role in “Joker” and used his winner’s speech to urge persons to fight injustice in whatever form it may come in.

Joaquin Phoenix during his Oscar acceptance speech.(Photo Credit: AP).

It was the actor’s first Oscar from what was his 4th nomination.

Meanwhile Renee Zellweger won her second Oscar – she picked up the prize for Best Actress for her portrayal of screen icon Judy Garland in the film “Judy”.

Joker went into this year’s ceremony with 11 nominations.

See the FULL list of winners below.


Eminem also took to the stage for a surprise performance of Lose Yourself from his film “8 Mile”.

His rendition followed a speech from “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda about the importance of music in film, but left some persons confused as to why an almost 2-decade old song was being performed at the ceremony.

Lose Yourself won Eminem an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2003 but the rapper wasn’t on hand then to collect the award or perform.

After his appearance tonight he tweeted:



Best picture – Parasite

Best actress – Renee Zellweger (Judy)

Best actor – Joaquin Phoenix (Joker)

Best director – Bong Joon-ho (Parasite)

Best supporting actress – Laura Dern (Marriage Story)

Best supporting actor – Brad Pitt (Once Upon A Time in Hollywood)

Best adapted screenplay – Jojo Rabbit (Taika Waititi)

Best original screenplay – Parasite (Bong Joon Ho & Han Jin Won)

Best animated feature film – Toy Story 4

Best international feature – Parasite (South Korea)

Best original song – Rocketman

Best original score – Joker

Best costume design – Little Women (Jacqueline Durran)

Best cinematography – 1917 (Roger Deakins)

Best film editing – Ford v Ferrari (Michael McCusker & Andrew Buckland)

Best sound editing – Ford v Ferrari (Donald Sylvester)

Best sound mixing – 1917 (Mark Taylor & Stuart Wilson)

Best visual effects – 1917

Best make-up and hairstyling – Bombshell

Best live action short – The Neighbors’ Window

Best animated short – Hair Love

Best documentary short – Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)

Best documentary feature – American Factory