It was the biggest shock of the night after Eminem’s surprise Lose Yourself performance. Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite beat Sir Sam Mendes’ 1917 to Best Picture and Best Director after the latter had already won the same awards at the Golden Globes and BATFAs. The World War I movie was the bookies’ favourite and yet Parasite pulled through, making Oscars history as the first non-English language movie to win the top prize ever.
Bong took to the stage to receive his film’s fourth Academy Award of the night after already accepting Best Original Screenplay, Best International Feature Film and Best Director.
Producer Kwak Sin-ae said: “I’m speechless. We never imagined this to happen, we are so happy.
“I feel like a very opportune moment in history is happening right now.
“I express my deepest gratitude and respect to all the members of the Academy for making this decision.”
Meanwhile, 1917 took home three Oscars and Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Ford v Ferrari and Joker won two each respectively.
And yet early favourite Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman went home with nothing.
Aside from Parasite’s shock win over 1917 in Best Picture and Best Director, the four acting categories were pretty predictable.
Joaquin Phoenix won his first Oscar with Best Actor for Joker and Renée Zellweger bagged her second Academy Award for Judy.
Pitt continued: “And I love the ethos you gave Cliff Booth.
“Look for the best in people. Expect the worst, but look for the best.
“Leo, I’ll ride on your coat tails anywhere man. The view’s fantastic.”
The star then went on to highlight Hollywood’s stunt people, who still don’t have their own Oscars category – after winning for playing a stunt man.
Pitt said: “I think it’s about time we gave a little over to our stunt coordinators and our stunt crews.”
The star then got quite emotional, getting nostalgic for his romantic rise to Hollywood stardom, admitting: “Listen, I’m a bit gobsmacked.”
Tearing up, Pitt added: “I’m not one to look back but this has made me do so. And I think of my folks taking me to the drive-in to see Butch and Sundance and loading up my car and moving out here.
“All the wonderful people I’ve met along the way…to stand here now. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – ain’t that the truth!”