Feb 9, 2020
Bong Joon-ho Oscar Acceptance Speech Transcripts: Parasite Wins Big at the Academy Awards
Bong Joon-ho and Parasite were big winners at the Academy Awards on Sunday night. Joon-ho won for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best International Feature Film, and Best Director. Read the full transcripts of Bong Joon-ho and the Parasite cast’s multiple acceptance speeches.
Bong Joon-ho Best Director Acceptance Speech Transcript
Bong Joon-ho: (01:00)
Thank you. [speaking in Korean 00:01:00].
After winning Best International Feature, I thought I was done for the day and was ready to relax.
Thank you so much. 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 Joon-ho: (01:36)
That quote was from our great Martin Scorsese, so…
When I was in school, I studied Martin Scorsese’s films. Just to be nominated was a huge honor. I never thought I would win.
When people in the US were not familiar with my film, Quentin always put my films on his list. He’s here. Thank you so much.
Bong Joon-ho: (02:46)
Quentin, I love you.
And Todd and Sam, great directors that I admire, if the Academy allows, I would like to get a Texas Chainsaw, split the Oscar trophy into five, and share it with all of you.
Bong Joon-ho: (03:22)
Thank you. I will drink until next morning. Thank you.
Cast & Crew Accepts Best Picture Oscar
Jane Fonda: (00:00)
And the Oscar goes to Parasite.
Parasite has six Academy award nominations, and is the first film not in the English language to win Best Picture, winning four Oscars tonight.
Kwak Sin-ae: (00:35)
[speaking Korean 00:01:24].
We never imagined this to ever 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 for all the members of the Academy for making this decision.
Kwak Sin-ae: (02:28)
Up, up, up, up, up!
Lee Jung-eun: (02:29)
Hi everybody. I really like to thank Director Bong. Thank you for being you. And I like everything about him, his smile, his crazy hair, the way he talks, the way he walks, and especially the way he directs. And what I really like about him is his sense of humor, and the fact is he can be really making fun of himself. And he never takes himself seriously. Thank you. Thank you very much.
Lee Jung-eun: (03:41)
And I’d like to thank everybody who’s been supporting Parasite and who’s been working with Parasite and who’s been loving Parasite. And I’d like to thank my brother who’s been always supporting building our dreams even when it looked impossible dream. Thank you, Jay. I want to thank my brother Jay and especially, I really, really, really want to thank our Korean film audience, our movie goers, who’s been really supporting all our movies and never hesitated to give us straight forward opinion on what they feel like their movies. And that made us really never be able to be complacent and keep pushing the directors, the creators, keep pushing the envelope. And without you, our Korean film audience, we are not here. Thank you very much. Thank you.
Best Original Screenplay Acceptance Speech Transcript
Diane Keaton: (00:00)
And so the Oscar, it goes to… Oh! Oh my God. Why don’t you read this?
Keanu Reeves: (00:07)
Diane Keaton: (00:07)
I think it’s exciting.
Keanu Reeves: (00:10)
Bong Joon-ho, Parasite.
This is the first Oscar and the third nomination this year for Bong Joon Ho, the first Oscar nomination for Han Jin Won.
Diane Keaton: (00:28)
Diane Keaton: (00:28)
There’s no room. Where am I going?
Bong Joon-ho: (00:47)
Thank you. Great honor, yeah. [speaking Korean 00:00:58]
Writing a script is always such a lonely process. We never write to represent our countries.
Bong Joon-ho: (01:10)
But this is very first Oscar to South Korea. Thank you. [speaking Korean 00:01:26]
I thank my wife for always being an inspiration to me. I thank all the actors who are here with me today for bringing this film to life. Thank you.
Best International Feature Film Acceptance Speech Transcript
Bong Joon-ho: (00:33)
Thank you. A great honor. [Korean 00:00:38].
“The category has a new name now, from ‘Best Foreign Language’ to ‘Best International Feature Film.’ I’m so happy to be its first recipient under the new name.”
Bong Joon-ho: (00:59)
“I applaud and support the new direction that this change symbolizes.”
Bong Joon-ho: (01:24)
“All our loving crew members and cast members are here with us today. Please send a round of applause to the actors and crew members of Parasite.”
Bong Joon-ho: (01:42)
And our great cinematographer, Hong Gyeong-Pyo, and production designer, Lee Ha-jun, and editor, Yang Jinmo, and [Korean 00:01:46].
“I congratulate all the great artists here tonight.”
Bong Joon-ho: (01:53)
“I also thank everyone at Barunson, CJ and NEON, who allowed me to actualize my vision.”
Bong Joon-ho: (02:09)
Thank you, and yeah. I’m ready to drink tonight, until next morning. Thank you.