- "Parasite" producer Miky Lee almost didn't get to give an acceptance speech for best picture.
- The lights went off on the Oscars stage, but the audience realized Lee was still trying to speak.
- Tom Hanks, Charlize Theron, and other stars in the front row started chanting "UP! UP! UP!" and waving their hands until the lights came back on.
- Lee was able to deliver her speech and thank director Bong Joon-Ho and many others.
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The 92nd annual Academy Awards nearly ended on an awful note when "Parasite" coproducer Miky Lee almost didn't get to give an acceptance speech after the movie won for best picture.
First, "Parasite" coproducer Kwak Sin Ae gave a 45-second speech, speaking about the unexpected and history-making Oscars given to their movie that night. She ended by thanking the Academy and turned to let Lee speak.
But the lights went off on the stage and a spotlight went up on Jane Fonda, who was supposed to close out the night with a final message.
The whole audience groaned when they realized the microphone had been cut and Lee wasn't able to speak.
Hollywood stars sitting in the front row, starting with Tom Hanks and Charlize Theron, began chanting "UP! UP! UP!" and waving their hands.
After a few seconds of this, the lights finally came back on and everyone cheered.
In the end, both Kwak Sin Ae and Miky Lee were able to give speeches to celebrate "Parasite" winning best picture (which you can read here). The movie's writer and director, Bong Joon Ho, opted not to speak after this final award.
He had already given three acceptances speeches earlier in the evening when "Parasite" won for best original screenplay, best international film, and best director. This was the first time in Oscars' history to win both best picture and best international film (formerly called best foreign language film).
You can watch the moment below, which happens at 2:38 into the video:
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