Tonight here at the Dolby Theater history was created when Parasite movie from South Korea won the Academy Award. A feat never achieved by any international film ever. It won the Oscars for ‘Best Picture’. It is a first-ever non-English movie that has won the big prize.
It is a historical milestone as it is the first time a non-English movie took the top spot beating many heavy contenders like Jojo Rabbit, Once upon a time in Hollywood, Joker & The Irishman among others. Finally, the awards have moved over the allegations of #oscarssowhite.
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) February 10, 2020
Parasite wins 4 Oscars
The movie has received praises from all quarter, film fraternity, critics & audiences alike. It is a remarkable accomplishment considering the vast reach of the English movies, stiff competitions with online streaming platforms & conservative outlook of the Oscar selection committee who prefer the traditional methods over the digital experience of the movie show.
It has been a rewarding night for the movie. The movie won 4 Oscars under different categories. Here is what it took home from Oscars 2020.
1. Best Picture
2. Best International Film
3. Best Director – Boon Joon-ho
4. Best Original Screen Play
Apart from winning streak at Academy Awards, Parasite is also the first Korean Movie to win Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival. It has grossed a whopping $175 million globally. Its stats are going to go up as it is been screened in new regions. After the coveted award, the collections are expected to shoot up.
Boon Joon-ho who also won Oscar for the Best Director was an emotional man. He talked in length about his movie journey, how it was a complete surprise for him & his favorite director Martin Sorcossee.
“When I was in school, I studied Martin Scorsese’s films. Just to be nominated was a huge honor. I never thought I would win.” He spoke in his native language & used an interpreter.
He was elated & casually joked about relaxing after winning the Academy Awards. “After winning Best International Feature, I thought I was done for the day and was ready to relax.”
About Parasite Movie
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It is directed by Boon Joon-ho, explores the dark premise of horror, dark comedy, thriller & family drama. The movie is based on the life of two families in South Korea. It brilliantly depicts the huge financial gap between the two strata of society represented by the two families, Park Family (wealthy) & Kim Family ( poor clan). These two surnames happen to be the most common surnames in South Korean Society.
The director has treated the subject with at most sensitivity while giving it humorous touches making it more relatable.
It is released in the traditional format in theaters across the USA & Uk. The movie is currently available in USA cinema, UK & Amazon Prime. It is slotted to be released in new territories.
Director– Bong Joon Ho
Screenplay– Boon Joon-ho & Jin Won han
Actors- Song Kang-ho
Others Awards Won by Parasite
The extraordinary movie has not only swept the 73rd Academy Awards but also bagged several other prestigious awards in 2019. Some of the awards won are listed below.
Palme d’Or – Cann Film Festival 2019 ( First Korean Movie to win the award)
Best Foreign Language Film – Golden Globe Awards 2019
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a cast in a motion picture
Celebrities React to Parasite Oscars Win
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) February 10, 2020
PRIYANKA CHOPRA- ” It’s so emotional to see an international film like Parasite, in Korean with English subtitles, not only receive a warm embrace from audiences around the world but also this kind of recognition from one of the most prestigious film academy’s in the world. It’s time for representation.” She congratulated the Cas & crew in a long tweet.
KUMAIL NANJIANI – “Very happy about Parasite. This has been my one #oscar tweet.”
JON M. CHU- “Parasite Parasite Parasite Parasite!!!! Oh my gawwwdddd Parasite did it!!!! Director Bong did it!! The whole insanely talented cast did it!! South Korea did it. History made. Heading out to celebrate all night!!!”
Finally, Oscars has become Global!