Screen captures from the 77th Golden Globe Awards / Photos: NBC

Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite has become the first South Korean film to win the award for best foreign film at the Golden Globe Awards. Bong, however, did not win the awards for best screenplay and best director, which he was also nominated for. 

The 77th Golden Globe Awards were held on January 5 (local time) in Los Angeles, California. 

“Once you overcome the 1-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films,” said Bong through his translator during his acceptance speech. He added, “Just being nominated along with Pedro Almodóvar and other fellow amazing international filmmakers was a huge honor. I think we only use one language: the cinema.” Parasite is also the first Korean title to receive a Golden Globe nomination.

In addition to its nomination for best foreign film, Parasite also received nominations for the best screenplay and best director categories. The best screenplay trophy went to Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, while the award for best director went to Sam Mendes, who directed 1917

Bong was in good spirits during the red-carpet event prior to the ceremony. “I slept well last night because I was really tired yesterday. I woke up feeling good this morning,” said the director during a red-carpet interview. In response to a question about how he felt about his year-long journey around the world with Parasite coming to a close, Bong commented, “I feel like I’ve finally arrived here in the US at the Golden Globes after going around the world with this movie. Regardless of whether I win or not, I want to honor this event.” He added, “Although I want to personally enjoy this event while watching all the different stars, I’m also happy because this moment has historical significance as it is the first time for a Korean film to be attending the Golden Globes.” 

The Golden Globe Awards, hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), is known as one of the top two awards shows in the US along with the Academy Awards, and is considered to be a prelude to the Oscars in February.