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South Korea hails top prize for ‘Parasite’ at Oscars

South Koreans reacted with joy and stunned disbelief Monday to the historic best picture Oscar for Parasite, with one film fan suggesting the feat should be recognized with a public holiday.

South Korea hails top prize for ‘Parasite’ at Oscars
SOUTH KOREAN PRIDE. A scene from ‘Parasite,’ a cinematic masterpiece that became the first non-English language film to win best picture at the Oscars. 
Director Bong Joon-ho’s movie—about the widening gap between rich and poor—became the first non-English-language film to win Hollywood’s biggest prize, prompting celebrations in South Korea.

Even President Moon Jae-in got in on the act, saying he was overjoyed to see South Korean cinema receive world recognition.

“I extend my gratitude especially for giving a sense of courage and pride to the (Korean) people,” Moon said.

“I am very proud of director Bong Joon-ho and the cast, as well as the staff members.”

K-pop supergroup BTS—who Bong has previously praised—also joined the congratulations.

“Congratulations so so so so so so very much, director Bong Joon-ho,” the members wrote in a tweet.

Parasite won four awards—best picture, best director, best international feature and best original screenplay -- defying the received wisdom that the Academy would overlook a subtitled Asian movie.

South Korean film fans were overjoyed.

South Korea hails top prize for ‘Parasite’ at Oscars
SOUTH KOREAN PRIDE. The cast accepting the award for Bong Joon-ho’s comedy-thriller.
“I am in tears,” one wrote on Twitter. “I’m so proud of Bong Joon-ho. It›s amazing to hear acceptance speeches in Korean.”

Topics: Oscar , Parasite , Bong Joon-ho , Moon Jae-in , BTS
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