South Korean film Parasite is the big winner at the Oscars
The South Korean film Parasite made movie history last night by becoming the first foreign language film to an Oscar for Best Picture.
The dark comedy about two families from different sides of the social and wealth divide took four awards in total landing Best Director for Bong Joon-ho.
Its victory comes at a time when the film industry awards system is under fire for failing to recognise diversity.
The success of Parasite is particularly welcomed because it not only redresses the balance but because it is clearly a genuine winner rewarded for merit rather than political expediency.
The film has been a huge hit since its U.S. release three months ago, earning £150 million worldwide and being rated 99 per cent from 400 reviews on the influential Rotten Tomatoes site.
In other Oscars news. Joaquin Phoenix was named best actor for Joker and Renee Zellweger won best actress for playing Judy Garland in Judy.
Best Supporting Actor and Actress Awards went to Brad Pitt for Once Upon A Time in Hollywood and Laura Dern for Marriage Story.
Sir Sam Mendes's World War One movie 1917 which swept the board at the recent BAFTAS and had been tipped for Best Picture lost out on the big prizes but won three Oscars in the technical categories.