Academy Awards in Los Angeles – “Parasite” honored as best film

Renée Zellweger received the award for the best female lead (“Judy”). Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”) was honored as the best male leading actor. Phoenix gave an exceptionally engaging acceptance speech:

The director’s Oscar went to the director of “Parasite”, Bong Joon-ho. The film from South Korea won a total of four Academy Awards, including the award for best film. For the first time, a non-English-language production triumphed in the royal category of the Academy Awards. Bong Joon-ho was overwhelmed in his acceptance speech and paid tribute to industry greats such as Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and Sam Mendes.

Our film critic Patrick Wellinski welcomes the triumph of “Parasite”. The social satire, in which a poor family infiltrates a rich family, deals with a topic that everyone could relate to: “Class society, injustice, that not only has something to do with South Korea today, it also has something to do with Berlin-Mitte do or with New York. ” In addition, “Parasite” plays the entire range of cinema, be it comedy, drama and horror film at the same time.

In addition, Wellinski sees Bong Joon-ho’s film as a “glimmer of hope” for cinema in general. Because the film works according to patterns that Hollywood invented, but apparently cannot implement at the moment: “This industry is in a crisis. You don’t know what to produce. You play it safe.”

Wellinski now hopes that “Parasite” will inspire Hollywood: “Hollywood sees: Parasite is not a comic adaptation, Parasite is not a remake, Parasite is not a franchise, Parasite does not come from Disney.” Wellinski already spoke to the director about his film in our cinema show “Vollbild” in October. You can hear the conversation here:

“Parasite” eclipsed the world war epic “1917”, which was considered a great Oscar favorite. The war drama went to three Oscars: It received an award for sound mixing and the best special effects, and Roger Deakins received the award for the best camera.

Brad Pitt and Laura Dern won Oscars for Best Supporting Actor. Pitt was honored for his role in the Tarantino film “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”, Dern for “Marriage Story” by director Noah Baumbach. It was the first ever acting Oscars for Pitt and Dern.

“Joker” entered the race with eleven nominations. “The Irishman”, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” and “1917” followed with ten nominations each. “Jojo Rabbit”, “Little Women”, “Marriage Story” and “Parasite” had each been nominated six times.

The Oscars were awarded for the 92nd time in Los Angeles. The main prize for “Parasite” is also a sign of a change of heart – Hollywood has recently been increasingly criticized for being too old, too white and too manly.

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