Los Angeles: Bong Joon-Ho’s acclaimed thriller “Parasite” basked in the Oscars glory winning in the best original screenplay category. “Parasite” pioneered in being the first Korean film to win an Oscar in any category. And thereafter, “Parasite” went on to dominate the 92nd Academy Awards, winning best picture, best director and best international film as well.
As Bong and his co-writer Han Jin-won took the stage to accept the film’s first award for best original screenplay, Bong thanked the Academy for the great honour. “Writing a script is a very lonely process, you never write to represent your country — but this is the very first Oscar for South Korea,” Bong said, lifting the trophy up to a loud round of applause.
The “Parasite” team went into Oscars night with several opportunities to make history, having been nominated in six categories: best picture (Bong and Kwak Sin-ae, producers), best director (Bong), original screenplay (Bong and Han Jin-won), film editing (Yang Jin-mo), production design (production design: Lee Ha-jun; set decoration: Cho Won-woo) and best foriegn language feature film. It ultimately proved a pleasant surprise to all concerned and a great victory for South Korean cinema at the world stage.