'Parasite' wins Best Picture, and other Oscar firsts

The South Korean film made history at the 2020 Academy Awards

Stars Insider

10/02/20 | StarsInsider

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The Academy Awards have been largely criticized over the years, with hashtags like #OscarsSoWhite and #OscarsSoMale highlighting serious and persistent inequalities. If you’re still under the same belief as George Clooney was during his 2006 acceptance speech (that the awards seem to be leading the charge on progress), it just takes one look at the lead acting categories to see that minorities are still not being well-represented.

This year, however, Bong Joon-ho's 'Parasite' made history not only for representing South Korea for the first time in the Best International Feature Film category (and winning), but also as the first non-English language film to win the highest honor of the night: Best Picture.

Check out this gallery to see the first big steps the Academy has taken to celebrate the work of minorities and the marginalized.

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