Hollywood barriers fall in milestone Oscars for ‘Parasite’

Bong Joon-ho

Bong Joon-ho holds the Oscars for best original screenplay, best international feature film, best directing, and best picture for “Parasite” at the Governors Ball after the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – In a thrilling and raucously applauded upset, the revolutionary best picture win for Bong Joon Ho’s Korean thriller “Parasite” ended a more than nine-decade English-language monopoly on cinema’s top prize at Sunday’s Academy Awards.

The win reverberated around the world and signaled a new globalism for the Oscars. The U.S. film industry is much more accustomed to sending its movies around the world than receiving them. Some still grumble at the sight of subtitles.

Others said the Academy Awards’ top honor should be for a homegrown film. But the historic success of “Parasite” reflects a movie world that’s increasingly borderless.

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