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Published on February 24th, 2020 | by voxx

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Parasite Oscars Glory

How Parasite went from the drawing room to Oscars glory

The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony is finally over and there were many surprises, some predicted wins for example Joaquin Pheonix winning the Best Actor award for Joker, Laura Dern for Supporting Actress in Netflix’s Marriage Story etc. But the biggest surprise of is the most talked about and the most successful South Korean film outside of its origin country and that is Parasite which was nominated for 6 Oscars and walked away with 4 wins for Best International Feature, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and the biggest prize of all The Best Picture 2020, beating Sam Mendes’ World War I epic which only walked away with 3 wins. So how did South Korean director Bong Joon-ho (The Host and Okja) get so much success from his social satire of a poor family from a basement apartment trying to climb the social ladder?

Well, like most films, the story starts with humble beginnings; starting in the busy South Korean capital of Seoul in 2018 and auteur director Bong Joon-ho is thinking of his next project while walking around the city, and like most films we start with the main idea that no film can be without and that’s the script. To which the director stated on his Oscar speech after winning the Best Original Screenplay award, the writing process is long, hard and lonely thankfully he had co-writer and co-Oscar winner Jin Won Han by his side. But it wasn’t exactly an easy writing process but after the script is written up next is the second hardest thing casting and directing the casting was an easy process, but the direction less so. After the final product had been directed and edited. Now was the release, first release was the Cannes Film Festival in May 2019, winning the hearts of the thousands at the festival, the director received something he wasn’t expecting, his first record an eight minute standing ovation during the film’s credits. Plus earning the Cannes Film Festivals Grand Prix – The Palme D’Or on a unanimous decision by the judges. Then was the release in his origin country. And that is the start of his international success.

After being a quiet release for a few months until it got to the Telluride Film Festival in the USA so now it would be seen by American audiences, and again to his disbelief it yet again won the hearts of thousands with American critics praising it as the best film this decade, calling it captivating, trilling, deliciously exciting etc. After winning several awards Bong Joon-ho felt as if he was on top of the world and he was excited in all the glory and the passion people had for his film. And after spending months in American Film Festivals winning the hearts of film lovers on American shores it then garnered a full release in the USA. Then finally on 16 January 2020 it was released in Leeds finally gracing British screens. With critics and audiences once again praising its name. And finally with an overall Rotten Tomatoes score of 99% out of hundreds of critics reviews. It finally graces the stages of the big awards, first was the Golden Globe nominations in December 2019 being nominated for three awards and wining one for Best International film. Which doesn’t go to the director it goes to it’s origin country. Then BAFTAs, The Screen Actors Guild Awards, The Screen Writers Guild Awards where yet again it received ultimate success. Then Oscars glory getting nominated for 6 and garnering even more records, more records than any other foreign language film managing to win more hearts than Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli classic Spirited Away which won the prestigious award back in 2003 for Best Animated Feature. And when it was Parasite’s turn to go on the Oscars stage at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday 9th February 2020 Bong Joon-ho got more than he imagined, and when Hollywood legend Jane Fonda presented the Best Picture reading the famous line “And The Oscar Goes To….Parasite” the whole theatre full of actors, writers, producers and many other Hollywood heavyweights roared like someone had just scored a goal in the World Cup. A news presenter in Seoul cheered, and audiences everywhere were elevated that a Non-American film had won the biggest award ever being the first Foreign Language film to ever win the Grand Prize. And Parasite has gained a few more records to becoming the highest grossing live-action foreign language film in the UK.

And coming from our perspective, Parasite is a captivating, riveting and a deliciously enchanting thriller that will grab you from start to finish and refuse to let you go until well after the finishing reel.

By Corey Denford


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