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

The ChopBox Smart Cutting Board Has a Food Scale, Timer, and Knife Sharper Built Right Into It

ChopBox
ChopBox

When it comes to furnishing your kitchen with all of the appliances necessary to cook night in and night out, you’ll probably find yourself running out of counter space in a hurry. The ChopBox, which is available on Indiegogo and dubs itself “The World’s First Smart Cutting Board,” looks to fix that by cramming a bunch of kitchen necessities right into one cutting board.

In addition to giving you a knife-resistant bamboo surface to slice and dice on, the ChopBox features a built-in digital scale that weighs up to 6.6 pounds of food, a nine-hour kitchen timer, and two knife sharpeners. It also sports a groove on its surface to catch any liquid runoff that may be produced by the food and has a second pull-out cutting board that doubles as a serving tray.

There’s a 254nm UVC light featured on the board, which the company says “is guaranteed to kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria" after a minute of exposure. If you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to cleanliness, the ChopBox is completely waterproof (but not dishwasher-safe) so you can wash and scrub to your heart’s content without worry. 

According to the company, a single one-hour charge will give you 30 days of battery life, and can be recharged through a Micro USB port.

The ChopBox reached its $10,000 crowdfunding goal just 10 minutes after launching its campaign, but you can still contribute at different tiers. Once it’s officially released, the ChopBox will retail for $200, but you can get one for $100 if you pledge now. You can purchase the ChopBox on Indiegogo here.

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Which Friends Character Would Earn the Most Money in the Real World?

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Warner Bros. Television/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Although Friends went off the air in 2004, the iconic sitcom continues to attract new fans who've discovered the show via re-runs and streaming networks like HBO Max.

To play into this devoted fan base, the professional resume writers at StandOut-CV conducted a fun experiment: They asked more than 3000 fans to predict where Joey, Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Phoebe, and Monica would be today, career-wise. They also took the time to figure out how much each character would earn in their respective fields in the real world. Could we be more curious?

Bringing in the highest salary is Joey, whose acting exploits are projected to earn him approximately $61,022 a year. Next comes Dr. Ross, whose career as a paleontologist brings in an estimated $59,023. After that comes fashion designer Rachel, earning $54,563 a year, followed by Chandler's writer/editor salary of $47,039 annually. Phoebe comes next, with her musical career bringing in an annual salary of $43,604 (although the site doesn't mention how her massage therapy business might factor into her life today). Surprisingly, Monica would bring in the least amount of money; she'd earn an average of $43,165 per year as a head chef.

As far as where fans think the Friends gang would be today, the answers are pretty great: They believe Joey would have expanded his acting career to include his own reality series called Keeping Up With Joey Tribbiani. Monica, meanwhile, would have taken the next step in her culinary career by opening up her own restaurant, and her husband Chandler would have continued his passion for writing at a comics magazine. The last season of Friends follows Rachel as she works as an executive for Ralph Lauren, and fans theorize that she would have used her breadth of experience to start her own fashion brand. It's believed Phoebe would have continued her music career, perhaps even becoming a music teacher, while Ross would have spent time writing dinosaur-themed children's books.

Hopefully, the upcoming Friends reunion special will give fans a final answer on what the characters would be up to today.