Parasite triumphs at Academy Awards with shocking Best Picture win

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South Korean film “Parasite” has made cinematic history at this year’s Oscars by winning Best Picture in a stunner that received a standing ovation.

“Parasite” is the first foreign-language film to have ever won an Oscar for Best Picture, which was met with surprise and awe at the ceremony - taking the limelight and confounding all expectations. Sam Mendes’ “1917” had been the clear favorite, after its success at the British BAFTA film awards last week.

This year, 10 foreign-language films made it to the nomination round which included the likes of “Roma” and “Life is Beautiful,” however it was Bong Joon-ho’s directorial vision that resonated with many of the Oscar voters, and ultimately triumphed.

At the ceremony, Joon-ho praised his idols including Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, thanking them for having inspired him as the film won in 4 categories including Best Picture, Best Director, Best International Feature Film and Best Original screenplay.

The satire became the highest-grossing South Korean film after its release last year, earning over $167 million at the box office globally and also won the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

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Starring Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik and Park So-dam, the film tells the story of an impoverished family who come up with a scheme to infiltrate a wealthy household and get caught up in an unexpected incident.

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