The South Korean movie Parasite took home the top prize at the 92nd Academy Awards to become the first non-English language movie to win the best picture award.
Parasite was regarded as an underdog that headed into the ceremony on Sunday night to beat out strong competition with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and 1917 for the best picture win.
The movie also won the award for best director, best original screenplay, and best international feature. Parasite is South Korea’s first nominated film.
Producer Kwak Sin Ae said during her acceptance speech that they never imagined that to ever happen.
Parasite has become a bit of a breakout hit in the U.S., gaining momentum heading into the 2020 Oscars. It won prizes from the Independent Spirit Awards, Writers Guild of America, and BAFTAs.
Meanwhile, Bong Joon Ho’s win for directing was an upset because 1917′s Sam Mendes was the favorite after securing the Directors Guild and Golden Globe awards for best director.
Heading into the event, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had been criticized due to its lack of diversity. The opening song of Janelle Monae and the opening monologue by Chris Rock and Steve Martin were quick to poke fun at how few nominees were female or people of color.
No female director was nominated and only two amongst the 20 actors and actresses nominated were people of color this year. Of the nine films nominated for best picture, only Little Women was centered around numerous female characters and only South Korea’s Parasite featured a predominantly nonwhite cast.
Actress Natalie Portman wore a cape that was embroidered with the names of the snubbed female directors while walking the red carpet before the show in order to make her discontent with the lack of female director nominees.