Reminiscing on Bong Joon-Oscar Ho’s Night Magic in 2020


Though it seems like an eternity ago, South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho won three Oscars for his film Parasite just a year ago. Take a look back at his momentous evening.

It wasn’t a virus that was on everyone’s mind during the 2020 Oscars, but rather a parasite.

Just a year ago, South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-film, Ho’s Parasite, swept the Academy Awards.

During the coronavirus pandemic, many of us lost all sense of time, so let us refresh your memory: The 2020 Oscars were held live in person, as usual, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, just one month before a worldwide lockout began. It was a night packed with movie magic for Bong.

At the very end, Jane Fonda proclaimed the best picture winner, pausing for a moment before reading the name from the envelope. When Parasite was announced, it made history as the first non-English language film to win Best Picture in the 92-year history of the award show.

“I’m speechless,” executive producer Kwak Sin-ae said as he accepted the award through a translator. “We never expected anything like this to happen. We are overjoyed. I believe we are witnessing a pivotal moment in history right now. For making this decision, I express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to all members of the Academy.”

The lights dimmed, but soon after, a slew of A-listers in the front row began shouting and raising their arms, pleading with the production team to give the Bong Hive more time to talk.

That’s when super producer Miky Lee stepped up to the microphone and gushed about the project’s leader.

On stage, she said, “Hello, everybody. I’d like to express my gratitude to director Bong. Thank you for allowing yourself to be who you are. All about him appeals to me. His wacky hair, his grin. The tone of his voice. He walks in a certain way. And, in particular, the manner in which he directs. And one of the things I admire about him is his sense of humor; he can be very amusing at times and never takes himself too seriously. Thank you so much.”

Backstage, Bong told reporters that he was not letting his success get to his head.

He clarified, “I have to work, it’s my job.” “So I’ve been working for the past 20 years, and regardless of what happened at Cannes and the Oscars, I was working on two projects prior to that, and I’m still working on them; nothing has changed as a result of these awards.”

Who could forget the bizarre scene in which the owner of Snowpiercer made his two Oscar statues kiss?

“Now that I actually have time, I’m trying to get back on it, but I’m so drained, mentally and physically… I’m just a shell of a person,” Bong said in an article for The Atlantic the following month, reflecting on his whirlwind award season.

He doesn’t seem to have had much time to recover, as he recently completed the script for his next film. In February 2021, he announced that during the pandemic, he worked on two projects at the same time: “Writing these two scripts feels like I’m slicing my brain in half, left and right. However, I completed one of them.”

Though we’ll have to wait until 2021 to see his films on the big screen, fans will catch a glimpse of the director when he presents at the Oscars on Sunday, April 25.

Continue scrolling to relive Bong’s unforgettable night from last year.

Rise Up, Bong Hive!
The director made a point of highlighting the casts, contestants, and friends who attended the show during the evening. He also joined the Parasite cast for a well-deserved standing ovation at one stage.

The director offers fans a sneak peek at the dance steps he’ll be doing at the after-parties.

There’s a Double Trouble Situation
There isn’t a better duo out there… We’ll be patient.

Just Legends
Is there anybody else hoping for a collaboration?

Pure Happiness
The Korean director is caught admiring the Oscar statuette he holds in his hand in a moment of modesty.

Best Friends
After meeting the Parasite writer, Diane Keaton is formally inducted into the Bong Hive.

Picture of the Year
When she presents the director with the Best Picture certificate, Jane Fonda gives him a warm embrace.

Applause erupted from the audience.
Producers turned out the lights and turned off the microphone as the acceptance speeches came to a close, only for stars like Charlize Theron, Tom Hanks, and Margot Robbie to yell for them to stop. The end result is one of the night’s most touching scenes.

In the writers’ room, these two prove to be a formidable team.

Makers of History
In their respective categories, both men made history, with director Taika Waititi becoming the first indigenous person to win an Oscar.