Parasite pioneers Best Picture Oscar

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For the first time in its 92-year history, a film made in a language other than English has won the Oscar for Best Picture. 

The historic moment in February 2020 saw Korean film Parasite given the highest accolade offered by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The movie picked up several other Oscars, including for Best International Feature Film – an award formerly named “Best Foreign Film”. The change to the award’s name was announced last year. More than mere semantics, the amendment recognises and attempts to correct US-centrism in the film industry.

The newly named award’s first recipient is Parasite, whose win supports a trend towards greater diversity among Oscar winners and nominees. In 2019, more women and more black nominees won than ever before, with three of the four top acting awards won by non-white actors.


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