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The 2020 Academy Awards was a bit like being stuck in a basement, watching the rich...The 2020 Academy Awards was a bit like being stuck in a basement, watching the rich and beautiful frolic above - in other words a lot like the winning picture, Parasite. Thank God for Keanu Reeves!There must be a word – maybe in German, or possibly in Korean – for that piquant feeling of being at one of the most exclusive events in the world, surrounded by people who have only ever turned left on a plane, but are now cheering on a movie about the corrosive effects of class barriers. Don’t get me wrong: it was genuinely delightful to be in the Dolby theatre in Hollywood on Sunday night, watching Parasite bulldoze its way through the awards. And goodness, how the audience was on Parasite’s side, with the cheers becoming so much more pronounced for it than any of its other fellow nominees that it felt almost awkward by the end. Still, let’s remember that a significant number of those applauding the film with one hand were, in the other hand, holding the gift bag for the nominees, worth an impressively humble $225,000 (£174,000). Continue reading...
The South Korean thriller is the first movie not in English to win the top Academy...The South Korean thriller is the first movie not in English to win the top Academy Award.
South Korean satire directed by Bong Joon-ho sweeps top prize after also winning best director, international...South Korean satire directed by Bong Joon-ho sweeps top prize after also winning best director, international film and original screenplay Oscars 2020– live!Oscar winners 2020: full listAfter an awards season marked by its predictability, the Oscars delivered a spectacular final-reel twist on Sunday evening, naming capitalist satire Parasite best picture.Bong Joon-ho’s comedy-drama about an impoverished family who infiltrate the household of a wealthier one is the first film not in the English language to take the top prize. It also took best director, best original screenplay and best international film. Continue reading...