Director Bong Joon Ho made history after accomplishing a sweep at the 92nd Academy Awards. He was awarded 3 individual Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay while also accepting the Best International Feature award on behalf of South Korea.
In all, Bong took home 4 Oscar statues. It was quite the armful and the director, ever as self-aware, even referenced it himself. A clip from Variety captures Bong sheepishly saying to the engravers: “Sorry for the hard work.” He follows it up with: “Too many.”
— Variety (@Variety) February 10, 2020
Bong joins a formidable group of filmmakers who were able to achieve 3 Academy Awards in a single ceremony.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (for Birdman), Joel and Ethan Coen (for No Country for Old Men), Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh (for Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), James Cameron (for Titanic), James L. Brooks (for Terms of Endearment), Francis Ford Coppola (for The Godfather Part II), EGOT recipient Marvin Hamlisch (for The Way We Were and The Sting), and Billy Wilder (for The Apartment) make up the rest of the exclusive group.
Although Bong technically holds 4 Oscars, the best international feature award belongs to the film’s country of origin, not the individual filmmaker.
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