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'Parasite' Wins Best Picture at 92nd Academy Awards, Makes History

Write: 2020-02-10 13:34:40Update: 2020-02-10 15:34:10

'Parasite' Wins Best Picture at 92nd Academy Awards, Makes History

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Anchor: South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho won four prizes at the 92nd Academy Awards for "Parasite," including Best Picture. This is the first time a South Korean film has ever won an Oscar, and also the first time a non-English film has won the Academy’s most prestigious award.
Kim Bum-soo has more. 

[Sound bite: 92nd Academy Awards ceremony announcing best picture]
Jane Fonda: "... and the Oscar goes to... 'Parasite.'"

South Korean black comedy "Parasite" has swept this year's Academy Awards, winning a total of four prizes, including Best Picture. 

Becoming the first non-English language film to win the Academy’s most prestigious award, "Parasite" beat out "Joker," "The Irishman," and "1917" among others. 

At the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday, director Bong Joon-ho also received honors for Best Director, Best International Feature Film and Best Original Screenplay. 

[Sound bite: Director Bong Joon-ho after receiving Best International Feature Film (English)]
"I'm ready to drink tonight. Until next morning. Thank you... Great honor." 

The feat marks the first time that a South Korean film has ever won an Oscar.  Bong is only the second director of a foreign-language film to win best director. 
After winning the best director prize, Bong paid tribute to Martin Scorsese, citing the American director's quote: “The most personal is the most creative.”  
“Parasite” tells the story of a poor family that scams and takes advantage of a wealthy family only to experience an insurmountable class division.   
Earlier this month, the South Korean picture also received best original screenplay awards from the Writers Guild of America and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The film also won the top prize at last year's Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Globe for best foreign language film last month. 
Kim Bum-soo, KBS World Radio News.

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