Bong Joon Ho has a lot of reasons to celebrate tonight. The Korean filmmaker made history at the Academy Awards on Sunday night when his comedy-thriller “Parasite” became the first foreign language film to win the Oscar for best picture, beating out “1917,” “Ford v Ferrari,” “The Irishman,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Joker,” “Little Women,” “Marriage Story,” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” Bong also won the Oscars for best director and best original screenplay, while “Parasite” won best foreign language film.
“I will drink until tomorrow at noon,” Bong told Variety’s Marc Malkin on the red carpet before the ceremony. He then named whiskey as his drink of choice.
During his acceptance speech for best director, Bong said “after winning best international feature I thought I was done for the day and was ready to relax.” He then went on to thank his fellow nominees Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Sam Mendes and Todd Phillips, saying “If the Academy allows, I’d like to get a Texas chainsaw, split the Oscar trophy into five and share it with all of you.”
Bong went on to discuss his work so far on the upcoming “Parasite” spin-off. He and filmmaker Adam McKay are collaborating on a limited television series for HBO that will draw narrative elements from the best picture winner.
“I met with Adam McKay recently and we had fun conversations,” Bong said. “Right now we’re still talking about the structure of the narrative. I can’t wait to talk about the actors. I’m very excited to see who will be joining.”