Making Oscar history

South Korean director Bong Joon-ho wins Best Director and Best Original Screenplay awards for his movie Parasite, which also bagged Best Picture

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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 11, 2020, with the headline 'Making Oscar history'. Subscribe