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'Parasite' Becomes First Non-English Language Film to Win Best Picture Oscar

Bong Joon Ho, right, reacts as he is presented with the award for best picture for "Parasite" from presenter Jane Fonda at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Looking on from left are Kang-Ho Song and Yeo-Jeong Cho.(AP)

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0449 UTC: Thank you for following along! And a special congratulations to our South Korea readers on an historic night for Hallyuwood.

0427 UTC: It is the for the biggest award of the night -- best picture!

Two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda is on stage to announce the 10 nominees for best picture.

They are: Ford vs. Ferrari, The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit, Joker, Little Women, Marriage Story, 1917, Once upon a Hollywood and Parasite.

And the best picture Oscar goes to....

Parasite! It has become the first-ever film not in the English language to win a best picture Academy Award. This is the film's fourth Oscar win tonight!

Producer Kwan Sin-ae says, "I feel like a very opportune moment in history is happening right now...I express my deepest gratitude and respect to the Academy for making this decision."

The cast and crew of "Parasite" accept the award for best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
The cast and crew of "Parasite" accept the award for best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

0412 UTC: The Oscar for actress in a leading role is about to be announced.

The nominees are: Cynthia Erivo (Harriet); Scarlett Johansson (Marriage Story), Saoirse Ronan (Little Women), Charlize Theron (Bombshell), and Renee Zellweger (Judy).

And the Oscar goes to...Renee Zellweger! In "Judy," Zellweger played beloved actress and singer Judy Garland 30 years after she shot to fame in "The Wizard of Oz."

In her acceptance speech, Zellweger honors her "immigrant folks who came here with nothing but each other and a belief in the American dream. How about this?"

"I have to say that this past year, the conversation celebrating Judy Garland across generations and across cultures has been a really cool reminder that our heroes unite us."

"When we celebrate our heroes we're reminded of who we're are, as one people," Zellweger said.

Renee Zellweger as Screen Icon Judy Garland
Renee Zellweger as Screen Icon Judy Garland

0404 UTC: Academy-award winner Olivia Coleman has come on stage to present the Oscar for actor in a leading role.

The nominees are: Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory), Leonardo DiCaprio (Once upon a Hollywood), Adam Driver (Marriage Story), Joaquin Phoenix (Joker) and Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes).

"I'm sorry, but not all of these actors can win," Coleman says.

And the Oscar goes to...Joaquin Phoenix for Joker. He played the role of Arthur Fleck, a man who dreams of being a stand-up comedian. But after being beaten and mistreated, he launches into a life of a murderous criminal.

It is the first Oscar and fourth nomination for the actor. Phoenix said the "greatest gift" that acting has given him has been the chance to "use our voice for the voiceless."

"Whether we're talking about gender inequality or racism....or indigenous rights or animal rights...we're talking about the fight against injustice." He adds that humans should fight the "egocentric" idea that we are at the center of the universe.

0351 UTC: Some of the night's biggest awards still remain.

The Oscar for best director goes to Bong Joon Ho ("Parasite")! He beat out some huge names in Hollywood, including Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese. Bong has high praise for both of them.

Oscar nominees - directing
Oscar nominees - directing

"When I was young and studying cinema there was a saying that i carved deep into my heart, which is the most personal is the most creative. That quote is from our great Martin Scorsese."

Scorsese then receives huge cheers and a standing ovation from the audience.

"When I was in school, I would study his films," Bong continued. "Just to be nominated was a huge honor. I never thought I would win."

Bong also thanked Tarantino for being a supporter of his work. "When people in the U.S. were not familiar with my films, Quentin would always put my films on his list. Quentin, I love you."

0340 UTC: The Oscar for best original song goes to Elton John and Bernie Taupin for the song "I'm Gonna Love Me Again," part of the movie "Rocketman." Taupin says, "This is just justification for 53 years of hammering it out and doing what we do."

"Rocketman" is the musical story of Elton John's life and career.

0338 UTC: New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi, who won an Oscar earlier this evening, is back on stage. He says the Academy would like to recognize that the Academy Awards is taking place on the ancestral land of the Tongva, Tavaviam and the Chumah, Native American people of Southern California.

He then introduces Sigourney Weaver, Gal Gadot and Brie Larson, who make special note that tonight marks the first time in the Oscars' 92-year history that a female conductor is leading the show's live orchestra.

Weaver then announces the winner for best original score (the music that is written for a movie or play). The Oscar goes to Joker -- and Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir.

0322 UTC: "Parasite" wins the Oscar for best international feature film! Before this year, the category was called "best foreign-language film." Bong Joon-Ho says he is honored to be the first recipient of the award since the name change, which he says represents a "new direction" for the Oscars.

0305 UTC: Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo is performing a song from the movie "Harriet." Erivo plays American abolitionist and rights activist Harriet Tubman in the film and is nominated for best actress tonight.

Cynthia Erivo performs "Stand Up" nominated for the award for best original song from "Harriet" at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Cynthia Erivo performs "Stand Up" nominated for the award for best original song from "Harriet" at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

0300 UTC: Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is on stage to announce that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will open on December 14, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

0249 UTC: Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus are now presenting the Oscar for best cinematography and film editing. The two comedians are joking that they are extremely knowledgable about both categories!

Not too surprisingly, the award goes to the powerful World War I drama "1917." This is Roger Deakins' second Oscar win.

And the Oscar for film editing goes to the automobile-centric film "Ford vs. Ferrari." This is the movie's second Oscar of the night.

0230 UTC: Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the Broadway hit Hamilton and a former Oscar nominee, is on stage ahead of the presentation of the best original song Oscar.

Now, rapper Eminem is performing his Oscar-winning song "Lose Yourself," which played in the 2002 hip-hop drama "8 Mile." Eminem was the first rapper to win an Oscar in the category.

0217 UTC: The Oscar for best supporting actress goes to Laura Dern, who plays an energetic, powerful divorce lawyer in "Marriage Story." It is her first Oscar win. ​She calls the honor the "greatest birthday present ever." Dern turned 53 on February 10.

0207 UTC: Next up is best documentary feature and best documentary short subject. Documentaries are films that tell facts about actual people and events.

The Oscar for documentary feature goes to..."American Factory." The film looks at a former American automobile factory now operating as a Chinese business. The film was a joint project between Netflix and the production company of former U.S. President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama.

Co-director Julia Reichert said in her acceptance speech, "Working people have it harder and harder these days...We believe that things will get better when workers of the world unite.

The Oscar winner for documentary short is "Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone [If You're a Girl]" It tells about young girls in Afghanistan learning to read, write and skateboard in Kabul. Director Carol Dysinger says, "I've been working in Afghanistan since 2005. And this movie is a love letter to all the girls I have met..."

0156 UTC: Comedians Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig are presenting the Oscar for production design and costume design.

And the Oscar goes to..."Once upon a Time in Hollywood." It is the film's second Oscar of the night, following Brad Pitt's win at the start of the night.

Before they present the Oscar for costume design, Rudolph and Wiig break into song! They are singing a mix of songs that relate to fashion or clothing. The audience loves it.

Now, onto the Oscar. The winner is..."Little Women." The movie has five more chances for more Oscars tonight!

0151 UTC: The Oscar for live action short film goes to "The Neighbors' Window," a funny and emotional film that tells about New York City couples observing the lives of their neighbors.

0146 UTC: The Oscar for best adapted screenplay goes to "Jojo Rabbit." New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi says he hopes his win inspires "all the indigenous kids" around the world. "We are the original storytellers," he adds. Waititi's father is Maori.

0137 UTC: Diane Keaton and Keanu Reeves are on stage to present the Oscar for original screenplay.

The nominees are: Knives Out, Marriage Story, 1917, Once upon a Hollywood and Parasite. This is the only Oscar nomination for Knives Out, but the other nominees are up for many more Oscars tonight!

And the Oscar goes to...Parasite! "This is very personal to South Korea," director Bong Joon-Ho says in English. Parasite is now the first-ever Asian film to win a writing award at the Oscars.

0122 UTC: Actress Mindy Kaling is presenting the awards for best animated feature film and best animated short film.

The winner for best animated feature goes to: Toy Story 4!

The Oscar for best animated short goes to "Hair Love." It follows the story of an African-American family whose father must do his daughter's hair for the first time.

The directors say their aim with the film was to "normalize black hair" and increase representation in film, especially animated films. They dedicate their win to basketball player Kobe Bryant.

You can watch the short film here:

0116 UTC: Brad Pitt wins the first Oscar of the night! In "Once upon a Hollywood," Pitt plays a stuntman, a performer who stands in for movie actors to do difficult and dangerous moves.

This is Pitt's second Oscar win but his first in an acting category. His keeps his acceptance speech short; he noted that he and other winners this evening have been given a 45-second time limit.

Brad Pitt arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Brad Pitt arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

0112 UTC: Academy Award-winning actress Regina King is presenting the first award of the night, best supporting actor.

The nominees are:

Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood)

Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes)

Al Pacino (The Irishman)

Joe Pesci (The Irishman)

Brad Pitt (Once upon a Hollywood)

0106 UTC: Comedians Chris Rock and Steve Martin, both former hosts of the Oscars, are on stage. They have the audience laughing, with jokes like "I liked the first season of The Irishman!" (The film, nominated for 10 Oscars, runs 3 hours and 30 minutes). They also remarked that "something was missing" among the nominees for best director; the Academy was criticized for not nominating any female directors.

0100 UTC: And so it begins! Like last year, there is no host of this year's Oscars. Instead, there will be a series of performances by many different actors and singers.

The show opens with Janelle Monae singing "Won't You Be My Neighbor" from the beloved Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. A film about the show, "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," is among the night's nominees. Actor Tom Hanks earned a best supporting actor nomination for playing Mister Rogers in the film.

That category will be the first Oscar presented tonight!

0030 UTC: Welcome to VOA Learning English's live coverage of the 92nd Academy Awards, or Oscars. The biggest night in Hollywood begins at 0100 UTC. Follow along here and on the Learning English Facebook page.

Many of the most talked-about nominees have been making their way down the red carpet, including the cast of "Parasite." The Korean-language film is nominated for both best picture and best international feature film. Director Bong Joon Ho says even if his film does not win, he believes a foreign-language movie will soon win a best picture Oscar.

“Regardless of the outcome, I think the door has been opened,” the director told the Associated Press. “I think as long as we continue this effort, the door will just open wider and wider.”

The cast of "Parasite" arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John Locher)
The cast of "Parasite" arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/John Locher)