Hollywood’s biggest night of the year happened last night as the best of the film industry gathered on the red carpet for the 2020 Academy Awards.
Prior to Sunday’s event, four major nomination records were already broken, which went cinematic legends Martin Scorsese, John Williams, and Alan Robert Murray. But throughout the ceremony, Parasite became the buzz of the Oscars after breaking two incredible Guinness World Records titles.
An evening filled with glitz, glamour, and the big screen’s most noteworthy accomplishments - here are the official records that Parasite made history with at the 92nd Academy Awards.
Most Oscar wins for a foreign language film
IT’S OFFICIAL! 📽✨@ParasiteMovie has officially tied the record for most Oscar wins for an international feature film after winning #BestPicture at the 92nd #Oscars 🌟 @TheAcademy— GuinnessWorldRecords (@GWR) February 10, 2020
CONGRATULATIONS! You are Officially Amazing! https://t.co/PUToJtrgznpic.twitter.com/AQwasA2Wnj
Parasite took the world by storm when it was released in October, for having richness in both culture and character. The highly-regarded motion picture was nominated for a whopping six categories, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Film Editing, and ended up winning four of these nods on Sunday, tying the record with Fanny and Alexander and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
First film to win both the Best International Feature Film and Best Picture Oscar
Parasite achieved an iconic record after winning one of the most prized categories of the night, as it became the first film to win both the Best International Feature Film and Best Picture Oscar. Although 2012’s Best Picture winner was The Artist which while a silent film, does feature French intertitles and was a French production. Despite being stacked against top-notch competition, the production took home four Oscars in total at the 92nd Academy Awards and is the first film from the Republic of Korea to also earn Best Picture.
=Oscar Records Broken Prior to Sunday=
Most Oscar nominations for a sound editor
After receiving his nomination for Joker this year, Alan Robert Murray officially has the record for the most Oscar nominations for a sound editor at 10. In this career, he has received nominations for his sound editing work on Ladyhawke (1986), Lethal Weapon 2 (1990), Eraser (1997), Space Cowboys (2001), Letters from Iwo Jima (2007), Flags of our Fathers (2007), American Sniper (2015), Sicario (2016), Sully (2017), and Joker(2020). Of those nominations, he won for Letters fromIwo Jima and American Sniper.
Most Oscar nominations for directing (living)
No one’s name makes an impact in the film industry quite like Martin Scorsese. The legend became the record holder for most nods for a director this year for his work on The Irishman. He has received nominations for his work on Raging Bull (1981), The Last Temptation of Christ (1989), Goodfellas (1991), Gangs of New York (2003), The Aviator (2005), The Departed (2007), Hugo (2012), and The Wolf of Wall Street (2014).
Most Oscar nominations (living)
One of the most impressive titles broken this year ahead of the Academy Awards is held by John Williams, who has actually broken two records with his nominations this year. He is highly regarded as one of the greatest film composers of all time, and has created some of the most iconic film scores in cinematic history. He previously held this record, but has now increased his amount to 52 after being nominated for Best Original Music Score for his work on Star Wards: The Rise of Skywalker.
Most decades in which to receive an Oscar nomination
Probably one of the most rare and difficult records to achieve, John Williams is also the musician who has been nominated for an Oscar over the most decades of any other individual. John Williams first nomination was for Valley of the Dolls in 1968. Since then he's composed some of the most iconic scores in Hollywood, including the themes to Star Wars, Jaws, and Harry Potterand has been nominated for a total of seven consecutive decades.