‘Parasite’ Makes History

Something magical occurred at the 92nd Academy Awards Sunday evening. Something that I predicted was going to happen weeks ago.

Parasite not only took home four awards – the most of any feature honored at the ceremony. It became the first non-English language film to win the Academy Award for both International Feature Film and Best Picture.

I leaped from the couch in sheer elation when Parasite was announced the winner. It was a clear front runner for the evening’s top prize (it did, after all, receive an eight-minute standing ovation at Cannes) but many pundits doubted it would achieve such a lofty feat. Even I had some doubt that it could pull off the victory. I’ve seen all too many times the Academy not go in the direction it should when choosing these things (ahem, Green Book).

But something felt different about this night. This awards ceremony. Accompanying the film’s marvelous victories, director Bong Joon Ho delivered iconic speeches each time he stepped on the stage. Recognizing the ingenious cast. Commenting on how he was going to drink the night away in celebration. Even making Martin Scorsese cry.

If you have not seen Parasite, please do so. The film takes class warfare and wraps it up in a uniquely entertaining story. It is a marvelously crafted film that is most definitely worth your time. Congratulations to Bong Joon Ho, Kwak Sin Ae, as well as the brilliant cast and crew on these greatly deserved awards. What a historic triumph.

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