The cast of “Parasite” made history at the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards by becoming the first foreign-language film to win for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
On Sunday, the critically acclaimed film directed by Bong Joon Ho that’s been dominating this award season won the sole award it was nominated for.
“Although the title is ‘Parasite,’ I think the story is about coexistence and how we can all live together,” said actor Song Kang Ho in the group’s acceptance speech before quipping: “But to be honored with the best ensemble award, it occurs to me that we haven’t created such a bad movie.”
He also thanked the actors around him and expressed how much the honor meant to him.
“Parasite” has gained momentum and made history since it won the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, becoming the first South Korean film to do so.
The film was nominated for three Golden Globes this year and became the first Korean film to win its Best Foreign Language Film award. Since then, the film has nabbed six nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards, including for best director and best picture.
It’s clear that both those inside and out of Hollywood love the film. Twitter chatter has not stopped, and the cast received a standing ovation at the SAG Awards earlier in the night, before their win was announced.
When actors Song Kang-ho, Park So-dam, Choi Woo-shik, Lee Jung-eun and Lee Sun-kyun took the stage to talk about the film, the audience erupted in applause.
As evidenced by Song Kang Ho’s joke during his acceptance speech, the cast and director Bong have shown an incredible sense of humor throughout the award season.
After being asked on the red carpet on Sunday how he managed to create a blockbuster film that balances so many elements, Bong simply responded: “It’s my job.”