The Oscars made history on Sunday night by awarding “Parasite
” best picture, the first time in the 92-year-history of the telecast that a foreign-language film took home the top statue.
Indeed, it was a big night for “Parasite
,” which won a total of four Academy Awards, including best director for Bong Joon Ho
, who — along with his translator Sharon Choi
— stole the show. The twisty drama about a wealthy family in South Korea was the underdog coming into the evening, as many pundits predicted that the best picture prize would go to “1917,” Sam Mendes’ sprawling World War I epic.
Inside the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, it was clear that the audience was on team “Parasite
,” as there was thunderous applause every time Bong took the stage. But there were also other highs (and some lows) during the ceremony. As Variety takes you inside the Oscars, here’s what TV viewers didn’t see at home.