UPDATED with video: Parasite might have pulled off the biggest surprise of the night Sunday, taking home the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, beating out Bombshell, The Irishman, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and Jojo Rabbit. This is the first time a foreign-language film has won in this category.
Watch the cast’s acceptance speech above and backstage comments below.
Backstage, director and writer Bong was asked how he thought this would affect the film’s Oscar chances, especially for Best Picture. Speaking via translator he said, “It is true that the momentum is building, and we are a part of the awards race, but I think today was truly important as these actors were acknowledged by fellow peers and that’s the greatest joy of this night. With regard to the Oscars, no one can predict what will happen.”
Reflecting on the historical win backstage, actor Lee Sun Gyun joked about feeling “like we’re the Parasites of Hollywood now.” He continued, “Hopefully, with this opportunity and with the success of Parasite, various film industries from across the world can co-exist and exist together.”
Onstage, the film’s lead Song Kang-Ho said, “Although the title is Parasite, I think the story is about co-existence, and how we can all live together. But to be honored with a Best Ensemble award, it occurs to me that maybe we haven’t created such a bad movie. I am so honored to receive this award in front of such amazing actors that I admire, I will never forget this beautiful night, thank you so much.”
Choi Woo-shik, who plays the son character of Ki-woo, said he hoped that this meant more recognition for foreign language films going forward. “Other than us, there are so many legends out there in foreign countries. I really truly hope that after this moment, maybe next year, we can see more foreign-language films and Asian films.”
Here is the cast’s backstage moment: