• Bong Joon-Ho Makes History, Winning Best Picture At Oscars

Actor Song Kang-ho (L) embraces director Bong Joon-ho after “Parasite” wins Best Picture at the Oscars
Actor Song Kang-ho (L) embraces director Bong Joon-ho after “Parasite” wins Best Picture at the Oscars

Bong Joon-ho's "Parasite" has become the first non-English language film to ever win Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

The film picked up three additional prizes, including Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

Our movie critic Jason Bechervaise gives us more details in this report.


Bong Joon-ho's "Parasite" has had an extraordinary journey.

It began winning the Palme d'Or in May and has culminated in a phenomenal night at the Oscars not only winning Best International Film, Screenplay, Director but also bagging Best Picture.

No other non-English language film has ever won the top prize at the Oscars during its 91-year history.

It's simply unprecedented.

With 1917 tipped to take it having won all the other precursors, "Parasite's" momentum continued to build even further as calls for greater diversity have evidently been heard.

Having now won over 180 awards globally, it's not only going to be seen as one of the most important films of the decade, but will go down as one of the most significant motion pictures in history.

Attention now inevitably will turn to the Korean film industry and how it's managed to produce such a film and where it now goes going forward.

Bong's films invariably come at significant moments for the Korean film industry but with it so reliant on the famous auteurs to lead it the challenge will be to nurture young talent.

Still, this will go down in the history books as its neighbors in the region will no doubt look at how it has achieved such a feat.

Jason Bechervaise, eFM News.■

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