Korean drama wins Oscar race
By Earl D.C. Bracamonte, J.D.

South Korea's entry, "Parasite," won an historical Best Picture honor at the culmination of the 92nd Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, California, besting eight other nominees including Sam Mendes' front runner "1917." Also the winner of the Best International Feature category (previously known as Best Foreign Language Film), "Parasite" will be remembered as the first non-English film to win the Oscar's plum prize.

Bong Joon Ho's film on inequality also got him the nod for Best Director, as well as Best Original Screenplay, from his story that he co-wrote with Han Jin Woon. Originally entitled "Gisaengchung," the movie first won the Palme D'Or at the Cannes, before cinching the Golden Globe and BAFTA's Best Foreign Language Film awards, and the Screen Actors Guild's Best Ensemble distinction.

Except for "The Irishman," all the nominees in the Best Picture race picked up at least one trophy: "1917" (Best Cinematography, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Mixing); "Ford vs Ferrari" (Best Sound Editing, Best Film Editing); "Joker" (Best Actor - Joaquin Phoenix, Best Original Score - Hildur Gudnadottir); "Marriage Story" (Best Supporting Actress - Laura Dern); "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" (Best Supporting Actor - Brad Pitt, Best Production Design); "Jojo Rabbit" (Best Adapted Screenplay - Taika Waititi); and "Little Women" (Best Costume Design).

The evening's other winners were "Judy" (Best Actress - Renée Zellweger), "Bombshell" (Best Makeup/Hairstyling), "Rocketman" (Best Original Song - "I'm Gonna Love Me Again" by Elton John) and "Toy Story 4" (Best Animated Feature).

Filmmaker Bong Joon Ho will always be remembered as an Oscar-winning producer (with Kwak Sin Ae), writer, and director - a feat that rarely happens in Oscar history.


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