Historical Moment: Korean Movie ‘Parasite’ Is The First Asian Movie To Win 4 Oscars

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Parasite made history, in that an Asian movie could be sitting along with Hollywood movies and getting equal attention, and even more, could be beating all the other films in the prestigious ceremony. This energy transferred to other countries, especially Asian ones, and empowered the non-English movie industry to not give up in learning and making creations, offering hope to film-maker, actresses, actors, and all the people in the film industry.

Right after the Oscars, Parasite got more hype and exposure in a number of different countries. South Korea gets an increasing amount of attention for its films, not only movies that are directed by Bong Joon-ho, like Snowpiercer, The Host, but also other films by other directors. This event made a historical moment for the South Korean movie industry.

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Every part of this movie has been getting the spotlight, such the food that is Da-song’s favorite, ram-don or Jjapaguri, that is made with instant black beans noodles combined with cubes of seared sirloin. This food became popular, making people want to try to make it and use the recipe Mrs. Park told to the housemaid.

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The jingle made by Jessica or Ki-jung to memorize her fake identity before entering the Park family home is also got attention, making some people want to learn this jingle. “Jessica, only child, Illinois, Chicago.“, Park So-dam, who played Ki-Jung, even made a video published for people who got addicted to the melody. This melody originally from a Dokdo nationalistic song called, “Dokdo is Our Land.”

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Moreover, the shooting locations also become spots tourists want to visit, such as the stairway to the tunnel in Buam-dong, Seoul when the Kim family escaped silently from the Park house in the rain. Some reviews of Parasite said that this stairway represents socioeconomic differences in the film.

As Parasite got more attention, some companies and people in social media like Twitter, Facebook, and any other platform, have been using the Parasite movie poster as part of their marketing campaign or just to show their existence or their obsession towards the movie. They made their photos by putting white and black stripes on their eyes with different taglines.

Award Achievements

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The standing ovation at the 92nd Academy Awards, when Parasite received Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film was remarkable. Parasite was also nominated for three awards at the 77th Golden Globe Awards, winning the award for Best Foreign Language Film. Additionally, at the 73rd British Academy Film Awards, the film received four nominations including Best Film and Best Direction, and won the prizes for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Not in the English Language. For the Screen Actors Guild Awards, another historical moment happened as film become the first non-English language film to win the award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Here are all the achievements the film made:

 
Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result
AACTA Awards 4 December 2019 Best Asian Film Bong Joon-ho Won
3 January 2020 Best International Film Kwak Sin-ae and Bong Joon-ho Won
Best International Direction Bong Joon-ho Nominated
Best International Supporting Actor Song Kang-ho Nominated
Best International Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Nominated
AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards 11 January 2020 Best Intergenerational Film Parasite Nominated
Best Foreign Language Film Nominated
Academy Awards 9 February 2020 Best Picture Kwak Sin-ae and Bong Joon-ho Won
Best Director Bong Joon-ho Won
Best Original Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Won
Best International Feature Film Parasite Won
Best Production Design Lee Ha-jun and Cho Won-woo Nominated
Best Film Editing Yang Jin-mo Nominated
African-American Film Critics Association 10 December 2019 Top Ten Films Parasite 8th place
Best Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Won
Best Foreign Film Parasite Won
Alliance of Women Film Journalists 10 January 2020 Best Film Won
Best Director Bong Joon-ho Won
Best Original Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Won
Best Ensemble Parasite Nominated
Best Editing Yang Jin-mo Nominated
Best Non-English Language Film Parasite Won
American Cinema Editors 17 January 2020 Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic Yang Jin-mo Won
American Film Institute Awards 3 January 2020 AFI Special Award Parasite Won
Art Directors Guild Awards 1 February 2020 Excellence in Production Design for a Contemporary Feature Film Lee Ha-jun Won
Asia Pacific Screen Awards 21 November 2019 Best Feature Film Kwak Sin-ae and Bong Joon-ho Won
Austin Film Critics Association 6 January 2020 Top Ten Films of the Decade Parasite 7th place
Top Ten Films of the Year 1st place
Best Film Won
Best Director Bong Joon-ho Won
Best Supporting Actor Song Kang-ho Nominated
Best Ensemble Parasite Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Won
Best Cinematography Hong Kyung-pyo Nominated
Best Editing Yang Jin-mo Nominated
Best Foreign Language Film Parasite Won
Australian Film Critics Association 7 February 2020 Best International Film (Foreign Language) Won
Belgian Film Critics Association 4 January 2020 Grand Prix Nominated
Blue Dragon Film Awards 21 November 2019 Best Film Won
Best Director Bong Joon-ho Won
Best Actor Song Kang-ho Nominated
Best Actress Cho Yeo-jeong Won
Best Supporting Actor Park Myung-hoon Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Lee Jung-eun Won
Park So-dam Nominated
Best Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Nominated
Best Cinematography and Lighting Hong Kyung-pyo, Kim Chang-ho Nominated
Best Editing Yang Jin-mo Nominated
Best Music Jung Jae-il Nominated
Best Art Direction Lee Ha-jun Won
Bodil Awards 29 February 2020 Best Non-American Film Parasite Won
Boston Society of Film Critics 15 December 2019 Best Director Bong Joon-ho Won
Best Foreign Language Film Parasite Won
British Academy Film Awards 2 February 2020 Best Film Kwak Sin-ae and Bong Joon-ho Nominated
Best Director Bong Joon-ho Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Won
Best Film Not in the English Language Bong Joon-ho Won
British Independent Film Awards 1 December 2019 Best International Independent Film Parasite Won
Buil Film Awards 4 October 2019 Best Film Won
Best Director Bong Joon-ho Nominated
Best Actor Choi Woo-shik Nominated
Best Actress Cho Yeo-jeong Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Park Myung-hoon Won
Best Supporting Actress Lee Jung-eun Won
Jang Hye-jin Nominated
Best Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Won
Best Cinematography Hong Kyung-pyo Won
Best Music Jung Jae-il Won
Best Art Direction Lee Ha-jun Nominated
Busan Film Critics Awards 26 November 2019 Best Actress Lee Jung-eun Won
Cahiers du Cinema 6 January 2020 Top 10 Lists Parasite 2nd place
Calgary International Film Festival 3 October 2019 Fan Favourite Award Won
Cannes Film Festival 25 May 2019 Palme d’Or Bong Joon-ho Won
César Awards 28 February 2020 Best Foreign Film Parasite Won
Chicago Film Critics Association 14 December 2019 Best Film Won
Best Director Bong Joon-ho Won
Best Supporting Actress Cho Yeo-jeong Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Won
Best Art Direction Lee Ha-jun Nominated
Best Cinematography Hong Kyung-pyo Nominated
Best Foreign Language Film Parasite Won
Chunsa Film Art Awards 18 July 2019 Best Director Bong Joon-ho Won
Best Actor Choi Woo-shik Nominated
Song Kang-ho Nominated
Best Actress Cho Yeo-jeong Won
Best Supporting Actor Park Myung-hoon Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Lee Jung-eun Won
Best Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Won
Cinema Writers Circle Awards 20 January 2020 Best Foreign Film Parasite Won
Cine 21 Film Awards 20 December 2019 Top 10 Korean Films of the Year 1st place
Director of the Year Bong Joon-ho Won
Actor of the Year Song Kang-ho Won
Actress of the Year Lee Jung-eun Won
Screenplay of the Year Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Won
Cinematographer of the Year Hong Kyung-pyo Won
Crested Butte Film Festival 29 September 2019 Best Narrative Film Parasite Won
Critics’ Choice Movie Awards 12 January 2020 Best Picture Nominated
Best Director Bong Joon-ho Won
Best Acting Ensemble Parasite Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Nominated
Best Production Design Lee Ha-jun Nominated
Best Editing Yang Jin-mo Nominated
Best Foreign Language Film Parasite Won
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association 16 December 2019 Best Film 3rd place
Best Director Bong Joon-ho 2nd place
Best Cinematography Hong Kyung-pyo Runner-up
Best Foreign Language Film Parasite Won
David di Donatello Awards 3 April 2020 Best Foreign Film Won
Detroit Film Critics Society 9 December 2019 Best Film Won
Best Director Bong Joon-ho Nominated
Best Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Nominated
Best Ensemble Parasite Nominated
Director’s Cut Awards 12 December 2019 Best Director Bong Joon-ho Won
Best Actor Choi Woo-shik Nominated
Song Kang-ho Won
Best Actress Lee Jung-eun Nominated
Cho Yeo-jeong Nominated
Best Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Won
Best New Actor Park Myung-hoon Won
Best New Actress Jang Hye-jin Nominated
Directors Guild of America Awards 25 January 2020 Outstanding Directing – Feature Film Bong Joon-ho Nominated
Dorian Awards 8 January 2020 Film of the Year Parasite Won
Director of the Year Bong Joon-ho Won
Supporting Film Performance of the Year — Actor Song Kang-ho Won
Foreign Language Film of the Year Parasite Won
Screenplay of the Year Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Won
Visually Striking Film of the Year Parasite Nominated
Fantastic Fest 26 September 2019 Audience Award Won
Film from the South 16 November 2019 Won
Florida Film Critics Circle 23 December 2019 Best Original Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Nominated
Best Ensemble Parasite Nominated
Best Foreign Language Film Runner-up
Georgia Film Critics Association 10 January 2020 Best Picture Won
Best Director Bong Joon-ho Won
Best Original Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Won
Best Production Design Lee Ha-jun Nominated
Best Original Score Jung Jae-il Nominated
Best Original Song “A Glass of Soju” by Jung Jae-il and Bong Joon-ho Nominated
Best Ensemble Parasite Nominated
Best Foreign Language Film Won
Globes de Cristal Awards 14 March 2020 Best Foreign Film Pending
Gold Derby Awards 4 February 2020 Best Picture Kwak Sin-ae and Bong Joon-ho Won
Best Director Bong Joon-ho Won
Best Supporting Actor Song Kang-ho Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Cho Yeo-jeong Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Won
Best Cinematography Hong Kyung-pyo Nominated
Best Film Editing Yang Jin-mo Won
Best Song “A Glass of Soju” by Jung Jae-il and Bong Joon-ho Nominated
Best Production Design Lee Ha-jun and Cho Won-woo Nominated
Best Foreign Language Film Parasite Won
Best Ensemble Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Jang Hye-jin, Jung Hyeon-jun, Jung Ziso,
Lee Jung-eun, Lee Sun-kyun, Park Myung-hoon, Park So-dam, and Song Kang-ho
Won
Gold Derby Decade Awards 10 March 2020 Best Picture Kwak Sin-ae and Bong Joon-ho Won
Best Director Bong Joon-ho Won
Best Supporting Actor Song Kang-ho Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Won
Best Film Editing Yang Jin-mo Won
Best Production Design Lee Ha-jun and Cho Won-woo 3rd place
Best Foreign Language Film Parasite Won
Best Ensemble of the Decade Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Jang Hye-jin, Jung Hyeon-jun, Jung Ziso,
Lee Jung-eun, Lee Sun-kyun, Park Myung-hoon, Park So-dam, and Song Kang-ho
Won
Golden Globe Awards 5 January 2020 Best Director Bong Joon-ho Nominated
Best Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Nominated
Best Foreign Language Film Parasite Won
Golden Tomato Awards 9 January 2020 Best-Reviewed Limited Release Won
Best-Reviewed Foreign Language Movie Won
Best-Reviewed Drama Won
Grand Bell Awards TBA Best Film Pending
Best Director Bong Joon-ho Pending
Best Actor Song Kang-ho Pending
Best Supporting Actor Park Myung-hoon Pending
Best Supporting Actress Lee Jung-eun Pending
Best Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Pending
Best Cinematography Hong Kyung-pyo Pending
Best Film Editing Yang Jin-mo Pending
Best Lighting Kim Chang-ho Pending
Best Music Jung Jae-il Pending
Best Art Direction Lee Ha-jun Pending
Guldbagge Awards 20 January 2020 Best Foreign Film Parasite Won
Hollywood Critics Association Awards 9 January 2020 Best Picture Nominated
Best Male Director Bong Joon-ho Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Won
Best Editing Yang Jin-mo Nominated
Best Foreign Language Film Parasite Won
Filmmaker Achievement Award Bong Joon-ho Won
Hollywood Film Awards 3 November 2019 Hollywood Filmmaker Award Bong Joon-ho Won
Hollywood Music in Media Awards 20 November 2019 Best Original Score in a Feature Film Jung Jae-il Nominated
Houston Film Critics Society 2 January 2020 Best Picture Parasite Won
Best Director Bong Joon-ho Won
Best Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Nominated
Best Cinematography Hong Kyung-pyo Nominated
Best Foreign Language Film Parasite Won
Best Movie Poster Art Nominated
IGN Awards 21 December 2019 Best Movie of the Year Won
Best Comedy Movie of the Year Nominated
Best Director Bong Joon-ho Won
Best Supporting Performer Song Kang-ho Nominated
Best Movie Ensemble Parasite Nominated
Independent Spirit Awards 8 February 2020 Best International Film Won
IndieWire Critics Poll 16 December 2019 Best Film Won
Best Director Bong Joon-ho Won
Best Actor Song Kang-ho 9th place
Best Supporting Actor 5th place
Best Supporting Actress Park So-dam 10th place
Cho Yeo-jeong 15th place
Lee Jung-eun 22nd place
Best Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Won
Best Cinematography Hong Kyung-pyo 5th place
Best Foreign Film Parasite Won
International Cinephile Society Awards 5 February 2020 Best Picture 2nd place
Best Director Bong Joon-ho Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Song Kang-ho Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Cho Yeo-jeong Runner-up
Best Original Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Won
Best Ensemble Parasite Won
Best Editing Yang Jin-mo Runner-up
Best Production Design Lee Ha-jun Won
International Cinephile Society Cannes Awards 25 May 2019 Best Director Bong Joon-ho Won
International Film Festival Cinematik 15 September 2019 Audience Award Parasite Won
International Film Festival Rotterdam 31 January 2020 BankGiro Loterij Audience Award Parasite (B&W Version) Won
JEIFA Awards 3 March 2020 Best Picture Kwak Sin-ae and Bong Joon-ho Won
Best Director Bong Joon-ho Won
Best Original Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Won
Best Art Direction / Production Design Lee Ha-jun Nominated
Best Film Editing Yang Jin-mo Won
Best Foreign Language Film Kwak Sin-ae and Bong Joon-ho Won
Korean Association of Film Critics Awards 13 November 2019 Best Film Parasite Won
Best Director Bong Joon-ho Won
Best Cinematography Hong Kyung-pyo Won
Top 10 Films of the Year Parasite Won
London Critics’ Circle Film Awards 30 January 2020 Film of the Year Won
Director of the Year Bong Joon-ho Won
Screenwriter of the Year Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Nominated
Technical Achievement of the Year Lee Ha-jun Nominated
Foreign Language Film of the Year Parasite Nominated
Los Angeles Film Critics Association 11 January 2020 Best Film Won
Best Director Bong Joon-ho Won
Best Supporting Actor Song Kang-ho Won
Best Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Runner-up
Best Production Design Lee Ha-jun Runner-up
Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards 19 January 2020 Feature – Foreign Language Choi Tae-young (Supervising Sound Editor)
Kang Hye-young (Sound Designer, Sound Effects Editor)
Kim Byung-in (Supervising ADR Editor)
Park Sung-gyun (Foley Artist)
Lee Chung-gyu (Foley Artist)
Shin I-na (Foley Editor)
Won
Munich International Film Festival 6 July 2019 The ARRI/OSRAM Award Parasite Nominated
National Board of Review 3 December 2019 Best Foreign Language Film Won
National Society of Film Critics 4 January 2020 Best Picture Won
Best Director Bong Joon-ho 2nd place
Best Supporting Actor Song Kang-ho 3rd place
Best Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Won
New York Film Critics Circle 7 January 2020 Best Foreign Language Film Parasite Won
New York Film Critics Online 7 December 2019 Top 10 Films Won
Best Film Won
Best Director Bong Joon-ho Won
Best Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Won
Online Film Critics Society 6 January 2020 Best Picture Parasite Won
Best Director Bong Joon-ho Won
Best Supporting Actor Song Kang-ho Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Won
Best Editing Yang Jin-mo Won
Best Film Not in the English Language Parasite Won
Technical Achievement Award – Best Production Design Won
Palm Springs International Film Festival 13 January 2020 FIPRESCI Prize for Best International Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Won
Producers Guild of America Awards 18 January 2020 Best Theatrical Motion Picture Kwak Sin-ae and Bong Joon-ho Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society 9 December 2019 Best Original Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Nominated
Best Foreign Language Film Parasite Won
San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics Circle 16 December 2019 Best Picture Nominated
Best Director Bong Joon-ho Won
Best Supporting Actor Song Kang-ho Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Won
Best Production Design Lee Ha-jun Nominated
Best Editing Yang Jin-mo Nominated
Best Foreign Language Film Parasite Won
San Sebastián International Film Festival 20 September 2019 FIPRESCI Grand Prix Nominated
Sant Jordi Awards 20 April 2020 Best Foreign Film Nominated
Santa Barbara International Film Festival 23 January 2020 Outstanding Director of the Year Award Bong Joon-ho Won
São Paulo International Film Festival 30 October 2019 Audience Award ― Best International Fiction Film Parasite Won
Satellite Awards 21 January 2020 Best Director Bong Joon-ho Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Nominated
Best Foreign Language Film Parasite Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards 19 January 2020 Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, Jang Hye-jin, Jung Hyeon-jun, Jung Ziso,
Lee Jung-eun, Lee Sun-kyun, Park Myung-hoon, Park So-dam, and Song Kang-ho
Won
Seattle Film Critics Society 16 December 2019 Best Picture Parasite Won
Best Director Bong Joon-ho Won
Best Supporting Actor Song Kang-ho Nominated
Best Ensemble Parasite Won
Best Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Won
Best Editing Yang Jin-mo Nominated
Best Cinematography Hong Kyung-pyo Nominated
Best Production Design Lee Ha-jun Nominated
Best Foreign Language Film Parasite Won
St. Louis Film Critics Association 15 December 2019 Best Director Bong Joon-ho Runner-up
Best Original Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Nominated
Best Editing Yang Jin-mo Nominated
Best Production Design Lee Ha-jun Nominated
Best Horror Film Parasite Runner-up
Best Foreign Film Won
Sydney Film Festival 16 June 2019 Best Film Won
Tallgrass Film Festival 20 October 2019 Excellence in the Art of Filmmaking Bong Joon-ho Won
Toronto Film Critics Association 8 December 2019 Best Film Parasite Won
Best Director Bong Joon-ho Won
Best Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Runner-up
Best Foreign Language Film Parasite Won
Toronto International Film Festival 15 September 2019 Grolsch People’s Choice Award 3rd Place
Tromsø International Film Festival 19 January 2020 The Tromsø Audience Award Won
Vancouver Film Critics Circle 16 December 2019 Best Film Won
Best Director Bong Joon-ho Won
Best Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Nominated
Best Foreign Language Film Parasite Won
Vancouver International Film Festival 11 October 2019 Super Channel People’s Choice Award Won
Village Voice Film Poll 14 January 2020 Best Picture 2nd place
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association 8 December 2019 Best Film Won
Best Director Bong Joon-ho Won
Best Ensemble Parasite Nominated
Best Original Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Nominated
Best Production Design Lee Ha-jun Nominated
Best Editing Yang Jin-mo Nominated
Best Foreign Language Film Parasite Won
Writers Guild of America Awards 1 February 2020 Best Original Screenplay Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won Won