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S.Korea clinches first Academy Award with ‘Parasite’ winning best screenplay


SEOUL: South Korea’s Bong Joon-ho’s sensational family satire “Parasite” has won best original screenplay at this year’s Oscars.

At the 92nd Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday (U.S. local time), South Korea’s “Parasite” co-written by Bong and Han Jin-won was named the best original screenplay award.

It outclassed “Knives Out” by Rian Johnson, “Marriage Story” by Noah Baumbach, “1917” by Sam Mendes and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” by Quentin Tarantino.


It is the first time that a Korean-made film has won a prize at the awards ceremony of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Before “Parasite,” no Korean film had earned an Oscar nomination.

Also, “Parasite” is the first non-English movie to win the best original screenplay award since the Spanish-language “Talk to Her” written by Pedro Almodovar won the title in 2002.

“Parasite” was also nominated in five other categories at the Oscars: best picture, best director, best screenplay, best editing and best production design.

The top prize winner of last year’s Cannes Film Festival is a family satire that depicts the entrenched social class system through the lives of two families, one rich and one poor, with Bong’s unique humor and suspense.