‘Parasite’ made history winning an Oscar for Best Picture!
On Saturday night, history was made at the Oscars. The South Korean thriller hit “Parasite” became the first movie not in English to win the Academy Award for best picture.
The stunning film won the award amongst a solid competition from class movies. Other nominated films in this category were “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” from Quentin Tarantino, and the breathtaking comic-book film “Joker”. Moreover, this impressive combination of comedy, drama, and crime, directed by Bong Joon Ho, amazed the audience in the Dolby Theater by winning not one but several trophies at this historic night.
“Parasite” is a perplexing social satire about two families from different classes. It shows the high contrast between people in Seoul who live in poverty and those who live a wealthy life.
The South Korean production dominated the Academy Awards.
Amongst the Oscars that the film “Parasite” won are an award for best director, best international feature film, and best original screenplay. This was not only an exceptional night for the film industry, but also for the Asian culture.
Bong Joon Ho was over cloud nine seeing the success of his movie.
“I feel like I’ll wake up to find it’s all a dream. It all feels very surreal.”
Furthermore, unlike other best-picture nominees, the thriller was given a traditional release in theaters. It was released in October 2019. Since then it took in $35.5 million at the North American box office. Globally, the ticket sales for the award-winning movie stand at $165 million.
The extremely talented cast included Bong Joon Ho’s frequent collaborator Song Kang Ho, playing the role of an impoverished patriarch. However, the lack of nominations for any of the movie’s actors raised criticism over the fact that the academy often neglects Asian artists.
Back in 2015 and 2016, some protests forced Hollywood to examine its systemic sidelining of minorities.
As a result, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences claimed they would double minority membership by 2020. And they did it! In 2015, only about 8 percent of the academy’s voters were people of color. This percentage of minority members now stands at roughly 16 percent.
“Parasite” was told to be one of the greatest movies of the decade, even before it won the Oscar for best picture.
It marked a tremendous success not only at the box office. The South Korean film won the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in May, the Golden Globe for best foreign film last month, the Writers Guild Award for its original screenplay. What’s more, the movie also won a best-ensemble prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. This was the first time in its history that the performers’ organization had given its top trophy to a foreign-language film.
The master filmmaker Bong Joon Ho proved to be one of the best movie directors of our time. Now that this South Korean hit film “Parasite” has made history at the Oscars, the traditional expectations will be completely transformed.