Parasite Stuns And Makes Oscars History

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The 92nd Academy Awards have come and gone, and like most years there were plenty of expected winners taking home trophies and a few surprises. The biggest surprise of the night came from the Best Picture winner, which saw history being made.

Parasite became the first foreign language film to take home the Best Picture Oscar, winning over such favourites as 1917, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and Marriage Story. Over all the film took home four statues, for Best Director, Best International Feature Film, Best Original Screenplay and of course Best Picture. The South Korean film directed by Bong Joon Ho follows the story of a poor, unmotivated family who suddenly have an opportunity to scam a wealthy family. When the family become aware of what’s happening, they have a hard time getting rid of them. The film was a hit at Cannes and other film festivals such as TIFF, and quickly gained momentum during awards season. There’s no doubt the film will get more traction now that it’s won Best Picture.

The acting awards on the night were easy to predict, as all four of the actors and actresses had won at every big awards show going in. Brad Pitt, Laura Dern, Joaquin Phoenix and Renée Zellweger had won Golden Globes, BAFTA and Critic’s Choice in the weeks leading up to the Oscars, not to mention several other smaller awards.

The awards show itself made some odd choices at times, such as having Eminem perform after skipping the Oscars 17 years previously, and having a recap of the show mid-way through. It was really missing a host who could have kept things flowing a little better instead of being all over the place. Of course this year the Oscars didn’t run overtime either, finishing before 11:30, so maybe it’s a trade-off. There weren’t any real controversial speeches this year either, although Phoenix did come close at times during his acceptance of the Oscar. There were sometimes the audience wasn’t into the jokes either, for instance when Jeff Bezos was pointed out by Steve Martin and Chris Rock, no one clapped.

Over all this year’s Oscars will go down as one of the least exciting and interesting, yet Foreign Film gained a major boost for the future of the industry.  

Photo:  Blaine Ohigashi / ©A.M.P.A.S.

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