How the Oscars got over its fear of movies with subtitles

Parasite, a South Korean film about two families, one rich and the other poor, was the underdog just before this year's Academy Awards.PHOTO: GOLDEN VILLAGE

SINGAPORE - Even as stunned South Koreans celebrate the history-making Oscar victories by Parasite and its director Bong Joon-ho at the Academy Awards on Sunday (Monday morning in Singapore), those who live and work in Hollywood must be scratching their heads and wondering: "What happened?"

Why did the mostly-American Academy voters, whom Bong gently chided in a Golden Globes speech for being famously averse to subtitles, give its top awards to a movie that is entirely in the Korean language?

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