South Korean ‘Parasite’ wins best picture at Oscars

Los Angeles: South Korean film “Parasite” created history at the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony by winning the best picture. It is the first non-English to win the top honor.

At the gala on Sunday night, director Bong Joon-ho along with “Parasite” cast and crew got on stage as the audience gave a standing ovation to the team for their victory. 

The “thank yous” got a little long and soon, music started playing to get them off the stage.

But the crowd, including Hollywood star Tom Hanks, clapped and cheered until the microphone was turned back on.

South Korean film producer Miky Lee then paid tribute to Bong’s “smile, his crazy hair, the way he talks, the way he walks, and especially the way he directs”.

“What I really like about him is his sense of humor and the fact is he can be really making fun of himself and he never takes himself seriously,” she said.

The film defeated films such as “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, “Joker”, “Jojo Rabbit” and “The Irishman” to win the best picture award.

Joaquin Phoenix won the best actor Oscar at the 92nd Academy Awards for playing superhero Batman’s nemesis in “Joker”.

He faced tough competition from actors like Adam Driver, Leonardo DiCaprio, Antonio Banderas and Jonathan Pryce.

Actress Renee Zellweger bagged the best actress honor for “Judy”, a biopic of actress and singer Judy Garland, at the 92nd Academy Awards here.

She was nominated alongside actresses like Charlize Theron and Scarlett Johansson.

South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho has become the second director of a non-English film to win the Oscar for best director.

Alfonso Cuaron had won for “Roma” in 2018.

Image courtesy of IANS

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