Parasite Winning Its Major Oscar Nominations: A Review

Parasite Winning Four Academy Awards

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At the 2019 Academy Awards, Korean film Parasite won four major categories: Best Original Screenplay, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director, and — most importantly — Best Picture. Its other two nominations were for Best Production Design and Best Film Editing.

PROS
  • YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! (Bong Joon-ho is a master of his craft) YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!
  • YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! (Parasite is good by all measures!) YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!
  • YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! (Bong Joon-ho has faced obstacles in his career and path towards international stardom, including systemic bias against international films, and has clearly succeeded in spite of them, and we're so, so proud of this absolute cinnamon roll.) YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!
CONS
  • Films in 2019 were pretty technically-forward, so it's understandable that Parasite was passed over for Production Design and Film Editing.
  • Uncut Gems, Hustlers, The Farewell, and Little Women got some major snubs (but that doesn't undermine the importance of a foreign film being treated as an equal to major American releases).
  • The racists are coming out in full force! Learn to read subtitles!! Or at all!!!! :)))
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