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Oscars 2020: S.Korean Parasite Named Best Film

The South Korean film Parasite was named the best film in this year’s Oscars, becoming the first non-English language film to win first prize.
Renee Zellweger won the Best Actress award for playing Judy Garland in Judy. Joaquin Phoenix has been named best actor for Joker.
Brad Pitt and Laura Dern won supporting actor awards for their roles in Once Upon A Time in Hollywood and Marriage Story respectively.
Parasite won four awards in total, while that of Sir Sam Mendes in 1917 won three.
The epic of the First World War had been the favorited to win the best image, but its awards were all awarded in the technical categories.
Bong Joon-ho from Parasite defeated Sir Sam for best director and also won the award for best original screenplay.
The film is a vicious social satire of two families of different classes in Seoul – one living in poverty in a semi-basement and another wealthy family residing in a large house.
He has now achieved what no other subtitled film has done in 92 years of Oscar history and won the best picture.
“I feel like I wake up to find that this is all a dream. It all sounds very surreal,” said Bong.
Producer Kwak Sin-ae, who won the trophy, said, “I am speechless. We never imagined that would happen. I feel like a very opportune moment in history is happening right now.”
There were hoots when the organizers tried to cut short the best picture acceptance speech by turning off the stage lights – which turned the lights back on, allowing the celebrations to continue.
Pitt won the first actor Oscar in his career – winning the best supporting actor trophy for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s film.
He was the first winner of the evening and immediately used his speech to attack the way the impeachment proceedings against U.S. President Donald Trump were handled.
He spoke of the fact that Republican senators voted against permission to testify, including former national security adviser John Bolton.
“They told me I only have 45 seconds here, which is 45 seconds more than the Senate gave John Bolton this week,” he said. “I think maybe Quentin is making a film about it and in the end the adults are doing the right thing.”
The 56-year-old went from politics to staff, paying homage to co-star Leonardo DiCaprio and reflecting on his journey to Hollywood celebrity.
“I am a little stunned,” he said. “I’m not the type to look back, but that forced me to do it.”
Phoenix, who won the award for best actor for his remarkable performance in original history on the Batman nemesis, also used the podium to send a sincere message about the state of the world, claiming that the actors have the power to give a “voice for the voiceless”.
After telling the audience to stop applauding him while he was on stage – “Don’t do this” – he managed to cover topics ranging from animal rights and the environment to racism and sexism.
The vegan activist told the public that “we feel allowed to artificially inseminate a cow, and when she gives birth, we steal her baby even if her cries of anguish are unmistakable”.
He also pointed out his own faults: “I have been a villain in my life. I have been cruel and difficult at times to work, but so many people in this room have given me a second chance.”
He ended his speech by quoting a word written by his late brother River: “Run to the rescue and love and peace will follow.”
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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