BH CORRESPONDENT, Mumbai: “I feel like a very opportune moment in history is happening right now,” said Kwak Sin Ae, producer of Parasite during her acceptance speech. At the 92nd Academy Award, history was made when Bong Joon Ho’s film Parasite – a non-English film won the Best Picture award for the first time ever. The South Korean film also took home three other awards in Best International Feature Film, Best Director as well as Best Original Screenplay categories. Parasite was nominated for six Oscars. “We never imagined this to ever happen. We are so happy,” said Sin Ae.
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There were no surprises in the acting category though at the Oscars. Just like the BAFTAs, Golden Globes, and SAG Awards, the Best Actor went to Joaquin Phoenix for Joker and Renee Zellweger won Best Actress for Judy. Brad Pitt bagged the award for Best Supporting Actor for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and of course, none but Laura Dern was handed over the Best Supporting Actor award for her divorce lawyer act in Netflix’s Marriage Story.
New Zealand director Taika Waititi went home with the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit. And Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin accepted the award for (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again from Rocketman for Best Original Song.
“This Oscar is for Bernie. Without him, I’m nobody, He started the journey and we’re still together after 53 years. This film has taken 12 years, and in the end we got it made the right way. I’m so thrilled for Bernie because I love him so much,” the music legend said.
And there were no surprises when Sam Menden’s World War 1 thriller 1917 won Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects awards. Toy Story 4 won Best Animated Feature and Hair Love was the Best animated short film. American Factory, a docu produced by Barack and Michelle Obama’s new production company went home with Best Documentary Feature award. And as soon as the Oscars were announced, Barack tweeted, “Congrats to Julia and Steven, the filmmakers behind American Factory, for telling such a complex, moving story about the very human consequences of wrenching economic change. Glad to see two talented and downright good people take home the Oscar for Higher Ground’s first release.”