It seems Hollywood managed to overcome the ‘one-inch barrier of subtitles‘ after all.
South Korean film ‘Parasite’ just won ‘Best Picture’ at the 92nd Academy Awards – making it the first international film to do so in the event’s history. The win culminates the film’s incredible awards season run, which began with a Palme d’Or win at Cannes and saw historic wins at the Golden Globes, BAFTA and SAG Awards.
Parasite’s historic win is the lone bright spot in a year that has been criticized for its lack of diversity. Little Women’s Greta Gerwig was noticeably left out in an all-male ‘Best Director’ pool. And out of 20 acting nominations, Harriet’s Cynthia Erivo was the only person of color.
In fact, Parasite is the only ‘Best Picture’ entry that doesn’t feature central white characters. The film was pitted against heavy-favorites such as the comic-book-inspired ‘Joker’, British war drama ‘1917’, and Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood’.
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"I feel like a very opportune moment in history is happening right now." – #Parasite producer Kwak Sin-ae accepts the first-ever Academy Award for Best Picture for a film not in English #Oscars pic.twitter.com/LFUeqdS6fy
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Earlier in the night, Parasite won in Best International Feature Film, while director Bong-Joon-ho took home nods for Best Original Screenplay and Best Director.
4 TIME OSCAR WINNING MOVIE PARASITE pic.twitter.com/c1zMZVwEYe
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