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Austin has big Oscars night, with ties to ‘Parasite,’ Renée Zellweger

Eric Webb
Bong Joon Ho‘s film "Parasite" took home the best picture Oscar at Sunday night’s Academy Awards. [Contributed by Neon]

Long known as a hub for film in the U.S., Austin claims ties to some big winners at Sunday night’s 92nd Academy Awards.

South Korean thriller “Parasite” took home four marquee prizes: best picture, best director (for Bong Joon Ho), best international feature film and best original screenplay. The movie, previously an underdog favorite and now the first foreign language film to take best picture, was distributed in the U.S. by Neon, the film distribution company co-founded by Austinite Tim League, of Alamo Drafthouse fame.

In the best actress race, University of Texas alumna and Katy native Renée Zellweger won for the title role in “Judy,” a biopic of entertainer Judy Garland. In December, Zellweger returned to Austin for a special screening of the movie and a Q&A with Austin Film Society founder Richard Linklater.

Austin film festival-goers would also be familiar with several of the big winners at the 2020 Oscars. Fantastic Fest last fall screened “Parasite” (the film’s Texas premiere) and best adapted screenplay winner “Jojo Rabbit” (the film’s U.S. premiere). “Ford v Ferrari,” which picked up sound and film editing trophies, and “Marriage Story,” which nabbed a best supporting actress Oscar for Laura Dern, screened at Austin Film Festival in October.

Check out the full list of winners.