Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite won Best Picture in the 92nd Academy Awards, making history as the very first foreign-language movie to take home the night’s greatest prize, in addition to the first South Korean movie for Academy Award fame. The award came later Parasite also took home the awards for Best First Screenplay, Best International Feature Film, and Best Director.
Parasite was riding a popular series ever since premiering in the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, where it took home the Palme d’Or at a unanimous decision in the prosecution. Additionally, it won Best Foreign Language Film in the 77th Golden Globes in Addition to Best Film Not in the English Language and Best First Screenplay in the 73rd BAFTAs, also became the initial non-English movie to win the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Despite almost universal critical acclaim, the significant issue for Parasite leading up to the Oscars was if its standing among the Best Foreign Language Film nominees could keep it from winning Best Picture. No other double nominees (Roma; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) was able to snap the double win.
Parasite‘s march throughout awards year, nevertheless, has helped further the dialogue in regards to recognizing non-English language movies, with Bong with his Golden Globes address to state,”After you conquer the one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you’ll be introduced to a lot of more amazing movies”
The film, which concentrates on two households on opposite ends of the financial spectrum that find their lives entangled, has successfully steamrolled this barrier. The narrative of the way late-stage capitalism finally destroys us is worldwide, and each part of this movie — by the meticulously assembled sets to the glorious performances — is completely ideal.
Although the absence of any nominations for the throw remains among the season’s greatest disappointments, the finest Picture win is a massive step for most foreign language movies — and, personally, the best source of pleasure I’ve ever known.