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South Korea’s Parasite makes history in OSCAR 2020

South Korean film Parasite has been named best picture at this year’s Oscars, becoming the first non-English language film to take the top prize.

Parasite won four awards in total, while Sir Sam Mendes’s 1917 took three. Bong Joon-ho beat Sir Sam to the prize for best director, and also took the best original screenplay award. The film is a vicious social satire about two families from very different classes – one who live in poverty in a semi-basement, and another rich family residing in a large home. It has now managed what no other subtitled film has done in the 92-year history of the Academy Awards and won best picture.

Producer Kwak Sin-ae, who collected the trophy, said: I’m speechless. We never imagined this to happen. I feel like a very opportune moment in history is happening right now.

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