SAG Awards: Parasite becomes first foreign-language film to win top prize

Ellie Harrison
Curzon Artificial Eye

Parasite has become the first foreign-language film to win the top prize in the history of the Screen Actors Guild Awards, after taking home the trophy for Best Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Park So-dam, Lee Sun-kyun, Choi Woo-shik, Lee Jung-eun and Song Kang-ho were among those to accept the honour on Sunday night (19 January).

Song said that "although the title is Parasite, I think the story is about coexistence and how we can all live together”.

He added: "I am so honoured to receive this award in front of such amazing actors that I admire. I will remember and never forget this beautiful night. Thank you so much.”

Parasite beat out competition from Bombshell, The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit, and Once Upon a Time In Hollywood for the SAG award.

Joaquin Phoenix won Best Actor for his role in Joker, and during his acceptance speech acknowledged Heath Ledger‘s turn as the DC villain in The Dark Knight.

Meanwhile Brad Pitt won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and had the crowd – including his ex-wife Jennifer Aniston – in laughter over a joke about his failed marriages.

Parasite's win could signal Oscars success for the South Korean comedy-thriller from Bong Joon Ho, which is the Academy’s first-ever Korean best picture nominee. It has been nominated in six categories overall.

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