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A NIGHT OF FIRSTS

By DOM GALEON

Everyone has been talking about Bong Joon-Ho and Parasite (2019), but there’s more to the 92nd Academy Awards than just the first South Korean film to ever win an Oscar.

Here are some of the milestones from this year’s Academy Awards.

 

(NEON)

(NEON)

First South Korean film to win an Oscar

It was a historic night for Bong Joon-Ho and for South Korea. Parasite, which was nominated for a number of awards, ended up winning Best Original Screenplay, Best International Feature Film, Best Director, and Best Picture, becoming the first South Korean film to have ever won in the Oscars.

 

(NEON)

(NEON)

First non-English-language film to win Best Picture

Because winning Best International Feature wasn’t enough, Parasite also won Best Picture, becoming the first-ever foreign film to win the title.

 

(ROB LATOUR/SHUTTERSTOCK)

(ROB LATOUR/SHUTTERSTOCK)

Bong Joon-Ho first filmmaker to win Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Picture since 2015

While we’re at it, here’s more about Parasite. Its director, Bong Joon-Ho, is the first filmmaker to win grand slam on three awards—Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Picture—since Alejandro Inarritu won them in 2015 for his film Birdman (2014).

 

(ROB LATOUR/SHUTTERSTOCK)

(ROB LATOUR/SHUTTERSTOCK)

Taika Waititi: first person of indigenous decent to win Best Adapted Screenplay

Jojo Rabbit director Taika Waititi isn’t the first person of indigenous decent to have ever won an Oscar—that distinction is held by Buffy Sainte-Marie who won Best Original Song in 1982. He is, in fact, the third. But he is the first one to have ever been nominated for and won the Best Adapted Screenplay category, and the first person of Maori descent to win an Oscar.

 

(ROB LATOUR/SHUTTERSTOCK)

(ROB LATOUR/SHUTTERSTOCK)

Brad Pitt’s first acting Oscar

Although technically his second Oscar, having won one for 12 Years a Slave (2013), which he produced, it was the first-time Brad Pitt ever won at the Academy Awards for acting. His Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood is well-deserved.

 

(Screenshot/Oscars)

(Screenshot/Oscars)

First time a woman conducted the Oscars orchestra

It was lady’s night at the Oscars. For this year’s Best Original Score award, a 42-piece orchestra, under the baton of Irish composer and conductor Eimear Noone, played a medley of all the nominated film scores. It was the first time a woman conducted the Oscars orchestra. When the winner was announced, it was another woman—Joker composer Hildur Guðnadóttir, the fourth woman to have ever won the category overall. The last time a woman composer won for Best Original Score was in 1997 (Anne Dudley for The Full Monty).

 

(20th CENTURY FOX)

(20th CENTURY FOX)

A last hurrah for 20th Century Fox

After it was acquired by Disney in 2019, 20th Century Fox ceased to exist, at least in name. Disney decided to drop the “Fox” in the studios that came with the acquisition—it’s now just 20th Century Studios and Searchlight Pictures. This meant that Ford v Ferrari is the last ever film to have been made by 20th Century Fox, and it did well as a farewell piece, having four Oscar nominations and two wins (Best Sound Editing and Best Film Editing).



Source: Manila Bulletin

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