For those of us who were resigned to believing that the Oscars would be a weary trudge that would culminate in 1917 winning the top honor: sometimes good things actually do happen. Or, in an even rarer cosmic event, sometimes the best picture of the year actually wins Best Picture. This year, the Academy recognized Parasite, South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s dark comedy thriller about the perils of capitalism. Suddenly, it was all worth it. It was worth the James Corden cat costume nightmare! It was worth the surprise Eminem performance in 2020! It was worth watching Ford v. Ferrari, just in case!
This came after Bong took home three other awards earlier in the evening and, lucky for everyone, he’s one of the few people in that auditorium from whom you’d want to hear multiple acceptance speeches. (Remember when he was asked the dull go-to question about whether he’d direct a superhero movie and he responded by saying the costumes were too tight? Or when he called the Oscars “very local?” Yeah, the man knows how to give an incredible soundbite.) He was also palpably having more fun than anyone else there. Let’s recap.
The first recognition for Parasite came with a Best Original Screenplay win, during which cameras caught him delightedly gazing down at his statuette onstage while co-writer Han Jin-won gave his acceptance speech. Very good.
Shortly after, Parasite won Best International Feature Film, and Bong signed off with “I will drink until next morning.” Which he was ostensibly free to do since it seemed unlikely the movie would also be getting Best Picture after that. But then things started looking up again when he was awarded Best Director, which gave us one of the sweetest moments of the night: this back-and-forth lovefest between him and Scorsese. “When I was young and studying cinema there was a saying that I carved deep into my heart, which is ‘the most personal is the most creative'," Bong said. "That quote is from our great Martin Scorsese.”
Afterward the ceremony, the cameras caught him apologizing to the engravers for giving them so many statues, joking “I’m so sorry for the hard work. There’s too many.”
Finally, the very reason why I desperately needed to write this article in the first place: he made his Oscars kiss. I repeat: he made his Oscars kiss. Give this picture another Oscar.
“I think we all have a very sensitive antennae to class, in general.”
Originally Appeared on GQ