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- Director Bong Joon Ho and his “Parasite” team on the red carpet. (picture alliance / Photoshot)
The South Korean film “Parasite” won the Oscar for Best Film of the Year. The black comedy by director Bong Joon-ho was awarded the most important film award in the world in Hollywood – as the first foreign language film in Oscar history.
Renée Zellweger received the award for the best female leading role (“Judy”). Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”) was honored as the best male leading actor. Phoenix delivered an exceptionally dedicated acceptance speech:
The director’s Oscar went to the director of “Parasite”, Bong Joon-ho. The South Korean flick won a total of four Oscars, including the award for best film. This is the first time that a non-English-language production has triumphed in the royal category of the Academy Awards. Bong Joon-ho was overwhelmed in his acceptance speech and praised industry giants 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 wealthy one, deals with a topic with which everyone could do something: “Class society, injustice, that not only has something to do with South Korea today, it has the same with Berlin-Mitte do or with New York. ” In addition, “Parasite” play the entire keyboard of the cinema, be it comedy, drama and horror film at the same time.
Surprise winner: scene from the film “Parasite”. (picture alliance / dpa / Neon / Entertainment Pictures / ZUMAPRESS)
In addition, Wellinski Bong sees Joon-ho’s film as a “glimmer of hope” for the cinema in general. Because the film works according to patterns that Hollywood invented, but apparently currently cannot implement: “This industry is in a crisis. You don’t know what you have to produce. You play it safe.”
Wellinski now hopes that “Parasite” will inspire Hollywood: “Hollywood sees: Parasite is not a comic book adaptation, Parasite is not a remake, Parasite is not a franchise, Parasite does not come from Disney.” Wellinski already spoke with the director about his film in our cinema program “Vollbild” in October. You can hear the conversation here:
Among other things, “Parasite” overshadowed the world war epic “1917”, which had been considered a great Oscar favorite. Three Oscars went to the war drama: it was awarded for sound mixing and the best special effects, Roger Deakins received the award for the best camera.
Brad Pitt and Laura Dern won Oscars as best supporting actors. Pitt was awarded for his role in the Tarantino film “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”, Dern for “Marriage Story” by director Noah Baumbach. They were the first acting Oscars for Pitt and Dern.
Sign of a change of heart
“Joker” started 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” were each nominated six times.
The Oscars were presented 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 male.
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Overview of all Oscars:
Best movie: “Parasite” by Bong Joon-ho
Director: Bong Joon-ho for “Parasite”
Main actor: Joaquin Phoenix in “Joker”
Main actress: Renée Zellweger in “Judy”
Supporting actress: Laura Dern in “Marriage Story”
Supporting cast: Brad Pitt in “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”
International film: “Parasite” by Bong Joon-ho
Camera: Roger Deakins for “1917”
Original script: Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin Won for “Parasite”
Adapted script: Taika Waititi für “Jojo Rabbit”
Cut: Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland for “Le Mans 66: Against Every Chance”
Film music: Hildur Gudnadóttir for “Joker”
Film Song: “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” by Elton John and Bernie Taupin (for “Rocketman”)
Production Design: Barbara Ling and Nancy Haigh for “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”
Sound editor: Donald Sylvester for “Le Mans 66 – Against Every Chance”
Sound mixing: Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson for “1917”
Visual effects: Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy for “1917”
Animated film: “A Toy Story: Everything doesn’t stop at a command” by Josh Cooley
Animation short film: “Hair Love” von Matthew A. Cherry, Everett Downing Jr. und Bruce W. Smith
Documentary: “American Factory” by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
Documentary short film: “Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you’re a Girl)” von Carol Dysinger
Make-up / hairstyle: Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker for “Bombshell – The End of Silence”
Costume design: Jacqueline Durran for “Little Women”
Short film: “The Neighbors’ Window” von Marshall Curry