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Bong Joon-ho Couldn’t Help Steal a Glance at His Oscar for a Moment and No One Can Look Away Either

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When Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite won the final Oscar of the evening at the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday night, fans of the globally resonant film were thrilled.

Perhaps no one was more excited than writer-director Bong, who capped off his historic night by looking adoringly at his Best Picture trophy, in a moment that was made to be memed.

The win was a history-making award, as Parasite is the first non-English-language movie ever to win the award in the Academy’s 92 years of ceremonies. “I feel like a very opportune moment in history is happening right now,” producer Kwak Sin-ae said during the group’s acceptance.

Bong’s reaction perfectly captured how the film’s fans seemed to be feeling.

READ MORE: Parasite’s Best Picture Oscar Is Historic. Is This the Beginning of a New Era in Film?

The Best Picture win was Parasite‘s fourth of the night, after clinching Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Original Screenplay. Bong became the second director of Asian descent to capture the honor, following Ang Lee (Life of Pi, Brokeback Mountain).

The way Bong delightfully studied his award was not his first meme-making moment of the awards season. Bong previously made waves for his statement that the Oscars ceremony itself was “very local.” At the 2020 Golden Globes, he encouraged Americans to watch more foreign-language films. “Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films,” he said.

Clearly, the internet has become extremely invested in Bong’s journey through the American awards season.

Now that the final bow has been taken on the 2020 awards season, we can only hope Bong keeps this same energy for his likely future wins.

And the engraving moment was just as magical.

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Write to Rachel E. Greenspan at rachel.greenspan@time.com