“Parasite” Made History What Comes Next?
The South Korean film is the first non English speaking movie to win Best Picture in the Oscar’s 92 year history.
There’s no other way to say it: “Parasite” made history. Last night, the whole “Parasite” crew climbed up to the stage to accept the Oscar for “Best Picture,” and it became the first non-English speaking film to win the night’s most prestigious prize
in the Academy’s 92 year history.
The win comes as a surprise, but maybe it shouldn’t as the movie won other major categories earlier in the night: “Best Director,” “Best Original Screenplay” and “Best International Feature Film.” It has also won the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival and has been making buzz since May last year.
But it comes as a surprise because award shows have a record of getting it wrong or missing the mark entirely (re: #OscarSoWhite. “Green Book.” Let’s not even get started with the Grammy’s). So perhaps the win is that much sweeter because it was so unexpected. Because it feels so right. The genre-bending movie upended all expectations and sustained interest through the better part of the year.
We can hope (and tweet) this isn’t the last time international films get the attention they deserve. That we are introduced to more funny, thrilling, moving, crazy movies out there in the world. (And that, as the Academy continues to diversify its voting body, more female directors and actors and actresses of color are featured and celebrated alongside those we already love!)