11 Ways Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite Made Oscar History in 2020

Parasite director Bong Joon Ho with his engraved Oscars at the Governors Ball.
Parasite director Bong Joon Ho with his engraved Oscars at the Governors Ball.
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If you haven’t heard of Bong Joon Ho’s South Korean film Parasite yet, it’s possible you’ve been living under a rock—or in a secret underground bunker. Audiences and critics alike have been singing its praises since it won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival last May, and the Academy recognized its brilliance in January by nominating it for several of the most prestigious awards, including Best International Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Picture.

At the 92nd Oscars ceremony last night in Los Angeles, the expertly crafted thriller proved itself as this awards season’s most beloved ‘little engine that could’ by winning in all of its top categories, delighting viewers everywhere and making history in more ways than one.

When Bong and co-writer Han Jin Won clinched the “Best Original Screenplay” award early in the ceremony, Parasite not only became the first Asian film to win a screenplay Oscar, it also became the first South Korean film to win any Oscar at all. As the night continued, Bong and his cohorts ascended to the stage a total of four times, racking up “firsts” even more quickly than they were collecting awards.

With films from seminal directors Martin Scorsese (The Irishman) and Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood) among the competition and a ballot conspicuously light on nominations for both women and people of color, many felt this year’s odds were especially stacked against an international film from an Oscars newcomer. That underdog atmosphere, coupled with Bong’s many endearing speeches—which included a few mentions of his after-party plans and a standing ovation for Scorsese—made Parasite’s multiple victories seem even more momentous.

Find out all the ways Parasite and Bong Joon Ho made Oscars history below.

  1. First South Korean film to win any Oscar
  1. First South Korean film to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar
  1. First South Korean film to win a Best Picture Oscar
  1. First Asian film to win a Best Picture Oscar
  1. First foreign-language film to win a Best Picture Oscar
  1. First South Korean film to be nominated for a Best International Film Oscar (formerly Best Foreign Language Film)
  1. First South Korean film to win a Best International Film Oscar
  1. First South Korean film to win a Best Screenplay Oscar
  1. First Asian film to win a Best Screenplay Oscar
  1. (Bong Joon Ho) First South Korean filmmaker to be nominated for a Best Director Oscar
  1. (Bong Joon Ho) First South Korean filmmaker to win a Best Director Oscar

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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The 10 Best Shark Movies of All Time, According to Rotten Tomatoes

MCA/Universal Home Video
MCA/Universal Home Video

If the ongoing popularity of shark films has taught us anything, it’s that we simply can’t spend enough screen time with these predators, who can famously ruin a beach day with one swift gnash of their teeth. And even if shark attacks are far less common than Hollywood would have us believe, it’s still entertaining to watch a great white stalk an unsuspecting fictional swimmer—or, in the case of 2013’s Sharknado, whirl through the air in a terrifying cyclone.

To celebrate Shark Week this week, Rotten Tomatoes has compiled a list of the best shark movies of all time, ranked by aggregated critics' score. Unsurprisingly topping the list is Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic Jaws, which quite possibly ignited our societal fixation on great white sharks. The second-place finisher was 2012’s Kon-Tiki, based on the true story of Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl’s harrowing voyage across the Pacific Ocean on a wooden raft in 1947.

If you did happen to write off Sharknado as too kitschy to be worth the watch, you might want to reconsider—it ranks sixth on the list, with a score of 78 percent, and its 2014 sequel sits in ninth place, with 61 percent. The list doesn’t only comprise dramatized shark attacks. In seventh place is Jean-Michel Cousteau’s 2005 documentary Sharks 3D, a fascinating foray into the real world of great whites, hammerheads, and more.

But for every critically acclaimed shark flick, there’s another that flopped spectacularly. After you’ve perused the highest-rated shark films below, check out the worst ones on Rotten Tomatoes’ full list here.

  1. Jaws (1975) // 98 percent
  1. Kon-Tiki (2012) // 81 percent
  1. The Reef (2010) // 80 percent
  1. Sharkwater (2007) // 79 percent
  1. The Shallows (2016) // 78 percent
  1. Sharknado (2013) // 78 percent
  1. Sharks 3D (2004) // 75 percent
  1. Open Water (2004) // 71 percent
  1. Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014) // 61 percent
  1. Jaws 2 (1978) // 60 percent

[h/t Rotten Tomatoes]