Congratulations to Bong Joon-Ho, whose film, Parasite, became the first South Korean work to win the Academy Award for Best Picture!
Director Bong also took home 3 other awards on the night, including Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature.
Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley writes in the Sydney Morning Herald: “An edition of the Academy Awards that took a great deal of criticism for its lack of diversity in the nominations has sprung the biggest surprise of all. It is – all at once – thrilling, surprising and deserving that Parasite has won the the Oscar for Best Picture. Even the most ardent of Parasite fans, banking on the Best International Film prize, have felt the Best Picture gong perhaps a stretch too far for a South Korean film, and one as incendiary as this one.”
Parasite won the Sydney Film Prize — Sydney Film Festival’s highest prize — in June 2019, direct from its Palme d’Or victory at Cannes.
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