Eastern surprise 'Parasites' wins the Oscars

Bong Joon-ho was voted best director with 'Parasites'

Bong Joon-ho was voted best director with 'Parasites'

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The evening's big surprise was the Korean film 'Parasites', which bagged four Oscars, including best film, best director, and best international film. Brad Pitt and Laura Dern (who had already been nominated five and three times, respectively) won their first Oscars; 'Toy Story 4', '1917', 'Joker' and 'Jojo Rabbit' were also awarded. Obama's production for Netflix also won.

'Parasites' - a very dark social satire directed by Korea's Bong Joon Ho (his seventh film) which depicts the rich and the poor in a comical/tragic confrontation (the film begins as a comedy, evolves into a thriller, and ends as a full-fledged drama) - has won four Oscars. It was like a storm hitting Hollywood: 'Parasites' became the first foreign-language film to win the Oscar for best film of the year.

The first award was for best original screenplay, beating Tarantino. A very shy Bong took to the stage with an interpreter and spoke in Korean.

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