'Parasite' wins best foreign film at Golden Globes

Last update: 06/01/2020

SEOUL, Jan 6 (Bernama) -- Bong Joon-ho's black comedy "Parasite" was named best foreign-language film at the Golden Globe Awards on Monday (Korean time), reported Yonhap news agency.

In a ceremony held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, "Parasite" won the honour, outclassing "The Farewell" by Lulu Wang, "Pain and Glory" by Pedro Almodovar, "Les Miserables" by Ladj Ly and "Portrait of a Lady on Fire" by Celine Sciamma.

It is the first time that a Korean-made film has won a prize at the accolades given by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

It was also nominated for best screenplay and best director at the Golden Globe Awards but failed to win the best screenplay.

Sam Mendes of "1917" took best director, and Quentin Tarantino of "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" earned best screenplay.

"Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many amazing films," Bong said through an interpreter when accepting the trophy. "Just being nominated along with fellow amazing international filmmakers was a huge honour. I think we use only one language: the cinema."

Meanwhile, "1917" and "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" earned the Golden Globes' best motion picture for drama and musical or comedy, respectively.

Joaquin Phoenix won best actor for his performance in "Joker" and Renee Zellweger was awarded best actress for "Judy," while the honours of best supporting actor and actress went to Brad Pitt for "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" and Laura Dern for "Marriage Story," respectively.

The winner of this year's Cannes Film Festival is a family satire that depicts the entrenched social class system through the lives of two families, one rich and one poor, with Bong's humor and suspense.

Its international success has been unprecedented as a Korean film, and it received a number of prizes from US film critics associations. Also, it is eyeing a trophy at the upcoming Academy Awards.

"Parasite" was shortlisted for best international feature film at the upcoming Academy Awards. The final five nominees for the award will be announced on Jan 13.

Since its US release in October, the film has grossed over US$23 million in the United States, becoming the most popular subtitled film of the year.