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‘Drink coffee’: Lessons on success from this year’s Oscar winners

Lessons on success from Oscar winners. Source: Getty

The 92nd Academy Awards saw some diversity shine through in the recipients of the prestigious Oscar awards, and many winners took the time to share their secrets to success. 

Director Bong Joon Ho’s made history Parasite -which made history for winning Best Picture, and also took out the Best International Feature Film, Best Original Screenplay and Best Director category - has a pretty easy formula for success.

Director Bong Joon Ho, with his Oscar. Source: Getty

In his acceptance speech, Ho said, “When I was young and studying cinema, there was a saying that I carved deep into my heart, which is that, ‘the most personal is the most creative’.”

Prior to that, the esteemed director told The Telegraph, “I try to maintain a very simple lifestyle”. 

And there’s more: “Drink coffee, write, and try not to meet a lot of people.”

New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi, who also made history as the first Indigenous person to win an Oscar for his Jojo Rabbit screenplay, shared his take on what it takes to be successful.

Filmmaker Taika Waititi with his Oscar. Source: Getty

“Hollywood is running out of ideas,” Waititi said.  “They are scrambling for ideas and stories, and where do they turn? Indigenous people, ethnic people, they turn to Korea, Japan, they turn to anywhere outside of America for films that they can remake for things that are outside of their comfort zone, because that’s where the interesting stuff is.”

He continued: “If we [people from diverse backgrounds] just ride it, and be true to our own vision and our own stories and our voices...I think we’re in a good place. Speak your truth.”

Reneé Zellweger, who took out the Best Actress category for her part in Judy, revealed that, sometimes, it takes others to realise our own true potential.

Actress Reneé Zellweger with her Oscar. Source: Getty

“This past year of conversations celebrating Judy Garland across generations and across cultures has been a really cool reminder that our heroes unite us,” she said.

“The best among us who inspire us to find the best in ourselves.”

The Oscar for Best Live-Action Short Film went to The Neighbour’s Window, written and directed by Marshall Curry, who advised never to forget your parents’ wisdom. 

Writer and director, Marshall Curry with his Oscar. Source: Getty

“I learned from watching her [Curry’s mum] that a well-told story is a powerful thing,” Curry said.

“It can change the way we see the world and it can help us to notice other people and care about those other people and maybe love each other a little bit more.”

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