US President Donald Trump mocks South Korean film Parasite after it won the best picture prize at the Oscars – telling a crowd he wished for the return of Hollywood classics like Gone With The Wind.
US media reported that Director Bong Joon-ho’s commentary on class struggle made history when it became the first foreign language film to win the top prize at the Academy Awards this month.
The film is shown with English subtitles.
Parasite also earned Bong best director and won both best original screenplay and best international feature.
Neon, the North American distributor of the film, responded to Mr Trump’s comments by saying they were “understandable” because he “can’t read”.
Donald Trump mocks and had bemoaned the film’s success during a rally in Colorado.
The president asked the crowd: “How bad were the Academy Awards this year?”
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Imitating an Academy Awards presenter, he said: “And the winner is a movie from South Korea! What the hell was that all about?
“We got enough problems with South Korea with trade. On top of that, they give him best movie of the year? Was it good? I don’t know. Let’s get Gone With The Wind. Can we get Gone With The Wind back, please?
“Sunset Boulevard? So many great movies.”
Mr Trump added: “Did this ever happen before?”
Gone With The Wind is a film about the Civil War-era South that won best picture 80 years ago.
The president also took aim at Brad Pitt.
The Hollywood actor said when accepting an award that he got more time to speak, 45 seconds, than former national security adviser John Bolton received at Mr Trump’s Senate impeachment trial.
Mr Trump said: “And then you have Brad Pitt.
“I was never a big fan of his. He got up, said a little wise guy thing. He’s a little wise guy.”
Parasite is one of the most acclaimed films of recent years.