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"Parasite" breaks mold with Oscars victory

by Courtney Deeren
Wed, Feb 26th 2020 01:00 pm
Bong Joon-Ho holds two of the four Oscars he earned for his film `Parasite,` which explores heavy topics revolving around greed and class discrimination.
Bong Joon-Ho holds two of the four Oscars he earned for his film "Parasite," which explores heavy topics revolving around greed and class discrimination.

 The South Korean movie, “Parasite,” made history this year when it won four Oscars, including best picture. It was the first non-English speaking film to win the Academy’s most prestigious award. 

The film first won a Palme d’Or award, then a SAG Award, then a BAFTA. It is also the first film to win best international feature, previously called best foreign-language film, and best picture. The other awards “Parasite" won were best director, best international feature film and best original screenplay. 

According to The Verge “‘Parasite’ is also the first film from a South Korean director to win the Best Picture, and the first with a primarily Asian cast. ‘Parasite’ beat out ‘Joker,’ ‘Ford v Ferrari,’ ‘The Irishman,” “Marriage Story,’ ‘Little Women,’ ‘1917,’ ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ and ‘Jojo Rabbit’ in the process.” 

The previously nominated non-English speaking movies included “Roma,” “Amour,” “Babel, and “Crouching Tiger” and “Hidden Dragon.” “Roma” won the Best Foreign Film category. 

The film’s producer, Kwak Sin Ae, said via translator. “I feel like a very opportune moment in history is happening right now.” 

After Kwank spoke, Miky Lee, a Korean entertainment mogul, stepped up to the microphone to speak. However, the lights on the stage dimmed and the camera prepared to turn toward Jane Fonda, to close the night. According to CNN, “those in the audience protested, asking loudly from their seats for the stage directors to turn the lights back up and let Lee speak.” 

Writer, Director and Producer Bong Joon Ho won all three of the categories he was nominated for. Bong talked about the language barrier when directing the movie and how it pertains to viewership. 

“Once you overcome the one-inch tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films,” he said at the Golden Globes after winning the award for best foreign-language film. 

President Trump has mocked the film since it’s win saying “How bad were the Academy Awards this year, did you see? ‘And the winner is... a movie from South Korea,’” according to CNN. 

Trump went on to complain about South Korea’s trade deal with the U.S. and criticize the movie. 

“What the hell was that all about? We’ve got enough problems with South Korea with trade, on top of it they give them the best movie of the year?” He asked. 

Trump then asked for old American made films. “Gone With the Wind” and “Sunset Boulevard” were two of the movies he referenced, calling them “great movies.” 

Many celebrities have hit back at Trump. Bette Midler called Trump the “Parasite” according to Billboard. And John Oliver said “of course Trump prefers racist ‘“Gone With the Wind,’” as reported by Indie Wire. 

One has to consider the state of our society when one of the most powerful men in the United States feels the need to criticize a foreign film based upon the country it came from. 

While it isn’t surprising Trump has said the things he did, inserting himself into an issue that has nothing to do with him, many are left to wonder why the success of this film and director must be overshadowed by Trump’s rude comments. 

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