Parasite Just Became the First South Korean Film to Win an Oscar

Not just in one, not two-but four categories!

( South Korean film Parasite holds many firsts for the country: it's the first South Korean film to win the Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and Best Motion Picture in a Foreign Language at the Golden Globe Awards. It's a welcome surprise to see an Asian film win big in several film festivals and award shows, and you've probably come to expect victory for the film no matter where it goes. So, before you say it, we will: Yes, not one, not two, but three more awards for Bong Joon Ho's South Korean film Parasite. It just nabbed Oscars for Best Original ScreenplayBest International Feature FilmBest Director, and Best Picture at the 92nd Academy Awards.


Director Bong Joon Ho co-wrote the script with Han Jin Won and Best Original Screenplay is already a feat, but looking at the category's history of nominations and wins explains why this is huge for a film like Parasite. The Academy first gave the award in 1940, and only five foreign-language films have won the Oscar—with all of them coming from European countries. Not only does Parasite stand as the first South Korean winner, it's also the first Asian title to take home the award. This makes Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won the first writers of Asian descent to bring home the Oscar. You'll want to see their reactions upon holding the golden statue in their hands.

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This is the first time a South Korean entry for Best International Feature Film made it to the nominations shortlist, and it's also the first time for the country to win. 

But wait, there's more: Bong Joon Ho got back up on stage to claim another statue for Best Director. He's the second director to win the award for an international film, following Alfonso Cuarón's Roma in 2018. This year's roster of Best Director nominees includes Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Todd Phillips for Joker and Sam Mendes for 1917, to name a few. This makes Bong Joon Ho the second director of Asian descent to win the award, with Taiwanese-American Ang Lee being the first with 2005's Brokeback Mountain and 2012's Life of Pi.


And finally, on to the biggest prize of the night—Best Picture. Parasite is also bringing this one home, making this the film's fourth Oscar of the night. It beat out 10 other films for the award, and Parasite is now the very first South Korean—and Asian—film to ever win Best Picture at the Oscars. *finger hearts*


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