Lately, Oscars have been under the scanner for not being diverse, inclusive enough. However, with Parasite's triumph, this could just pave the way for a new era in the future of Academy Awards.
"I'm ready to drink tonight," legendary filmmaker Bong Joon-ho joked during his acceptance speech at the Academy Awards. A few hours prior to the speech, little did he know that his pathbreaking film would end up shattering 92 years of Oscar history.
The South Korean movie is nothing short of a masterpiece, and many fans and critics believe 'Parasite' winning Best Picture at Oscars 2020 has brought back the faith in the prestigious awards. Oscars have always been under the scanner for not being diverse, inclusive enough. However, with Parasite's triumph, this could just pave the way for a new era in the future of Oscars.
Such an amazing achievement! 🎉— The Seoul Story (@theseoulstory) February 10, 2020
🔸Best International Feature
🔸Best Original Screenplay
Congrats once again to all people who were involved in the making of movie 'Parasite' 👍#ParasiteMovie#Oscars pic.twitter.com/JrRf5YwPE1
Trying to keep this spoiler-free, this dark comedy mystery movie focuses on the life of the poor Kim family and the wealthier Park family. Bong perfectly captures the reality faced by both the families in the opposite spectrum of South Korea's economic gap. However, things take a dark turn when the two families come together. Long story short, 'You expect Parasite to be one thing, but it mutates into something else', Vulture wrote on the trailer.
The modern-day classic has proved to be a major hit around the world, and with the Best Picture award, the movie is just going to reach out to a more global audience. So far, it has grossed $33.9 million domestically and $166.1 million worldwide.
Apart from Best Picture, Parasite also won Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film, winning a total of four Academy Awards this year.
'Parasite' winning big has come at the right time for Oscars as they were facing major flak for not being diverse in their nominees within the past few years. This year, only one actor of color, Cynthia Erivo from "Harriet", was nominated in the major acting categories.
And to add to the woes, there was also severe backlash considering the actors from "Parasite" were excluded from the list of individual nominees. And yet the movie won the Best Picture award because of the same actors. This says something, doesn't it?
"It just boils down to racism because people still don't see Asians as individuals," Nancy Wang Yuen, a sociologist and author of "Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism," was quoted as saying by CNN. "The whole mistaking one Asian for the other or 'Asians all look alike' [misconception] is still very much part and parcel of anti-Asian racism that exists in this country and, perhaps, in other Western countries as well. We're just seen as one big blob of Asians that are interchangeable, rather than as individuals that are worthy of accolades on our own."
If you haven't watched Parasite yet, what are you waiting for? Check out the trailer below: