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"Parasite" Dominated the 2019 Oscars

By Anders Bylund - Updated Feb 10, 2020 at 8:22AM

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The Korean comedy earned four major awards, including best picture and best directing. No other title took home more than one of the six most coveted golden statuettes.

The results are in for the Academy Awards of 2019, better known as the Oscars. The major awards fell rather evenly among a variety of titles in this sought-after movie awards gala, with one glaring exception. The independently distributed black comedy Parasite from South Korea walked off with four of the most coveted golden statuettes. Here's a quick look at the biggest winners.


Co-written and directed by Snowpiercer and Okja helmer Bong Joon-Ho, this black comedy took home the Oscars for best original screenplay, best directing, best international film, and best picture. The film was also produced by a team led by Joon-Ho and distributed by a patchwork of independent distribution companies. In North America, the theatrical release was managed by I, Tonya distributor Neon. Comcast (CMCSA 0.44%) subsidiary Universal Pictures Home Entertainment has released Parasite on DVD and Blu-ray disks, even though some theaters still carry the title.

A hand holding up an unofficial copy of the famous Oscar statuette against the backdrop of a red carpet.

Image source: Getty Images.

Other major awards

All of the remaining top-shelf awards found their way to different titles.

  • Joaquin Phoenix won the award for best actor in a leading role, starring as the titular character in the Warner Bros. (T 2.02%) production, Joker.
  • Best actress went to Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland in 20th Century Fox's biopic Judy.
  • Brad Pitt was selected as the best supporting actor in Tarantino comedy Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood, produced and released by Sony (SONY -0.82%) subsidiaries Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures, respectively.
  • Laura Dern took the award for best actress in a supporting role in the Netflix (NFLX -3.79%) drama, Marriage Story.
  • Best adapted screenplay was awarded to Taika Waititi's Jojo Rabbit, a World War 2 comedy produced and released by Fox Searchlight.

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