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10 Feb 2020

Korean movie ‘Parasite’ breaks 92 year’s Oscar history

Foreign Affairs News Desk
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The Parasite team celebrating their wins. Photo: BBC
The Parasite team celebrating their wins. Photo: BBC

First non-English speaking film to win Best Picture

The Oscars 2020 ceremony aired early Monday morning in Seoul, but that didn’t stop tens of millions in the country from following local hero Bong Joon Ho as he made Oscars history.

South Korean social media was flooded with statements of elation and celebration Monday after local hero Bong Joon Ho and his strikingly original film Parasite swept the 92 Academy Awards.

‘Parasite’ moved the minds of the world with a story that is truly Korean,” tweeted South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in.

“This is the very first Oscar for South Korea,” Bong Joon Ho added, grinning and lifting the statuette as the crowd applauded.

Bong Joon-ho receiving Oscar Award for ‘Parasite’.  Photo: AFP

The film also won the best original screenplay prize and, in less of a surprise, the best international film Oscar.

Parasite is the first-ever non-English-language film to win best picture honors in the ninety-two years of Oscar history that shattered Sunday night in the USA but early morning in Asia.

The Korean movie “Parasite,” directed by Bong Joon Ho, managed to pull off the final win in a moment that had audience members in the Dolby Theater leaping to their feet. A movie industry history that has been money-making since a centenarian in South Korea is a momentous event that makes South Koreans proud.

Parasite is also the first film from a South Korean director to win the Best Picture, and the first with a primarily Asian cast. However, Parasite was the eleventh film not in English to be nominated for best picture, and the sixth to be nominated for both best international feature film and best picture in the same year.

Parasite is a 2019 South Korean black comedy thriller film about class conflict and social inequality. The film is funny and sad. It’s also refreshing and superb as a social message. It messages to rethink about inspiration and strength.

The Parasite team

The Academy Awards, more popularly known as the Oscars are awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry. Given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the awards are an international recognition of excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy’s voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a golden statuette, officially called the “Academy Award of Merit”, although more commonly referred to by its nickname, the “Oscar”. The statuette depicts a knight rendered in the Art deco style.

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