South Korean satire directed by Bong Joon-ho becomes the first Asian film to win the original script Academy Award.
Parasite won the best original screenplay Oscar at the 92nd Academy Awards. The film faced strong competition, including Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, 1917, and Marriage Story.
Directed by Bong Joon-ho, Parasite is about a crafty family which manages to infiltrate the lives of a much richer family. It is representative of class conflict. The script credits belong to Bong and Han Jin-won. Bong also received a “story” credit.
Bong said. “We never write to represent our country but this is very personal to South Korea.” Bong went on to thank his “wise wife” and the film’s actors gathered before him.
Since winning the Palme d’Or at the Cannes film festival in 2019, Parasite has gone on to receive many awards. The film received accolades specifically for its script including the Bafta and Writers Guild awards for best original screenplay.
Parasite is not the first foreign-language film to win an Oscar for its screenplay. Winners before Parasite in this category include Divorce Italian Style, A Man and a Woman, and Talk to Her. But Parasite is the first Asian film to win the award.