Park So Dam posted some behind-the-scenes photos of her Vanity Fair shoot. She and many of the other cast members will not only attend the SAG awards on Sunday, they are also slated to GIVE AN AWARD. How awesome is that? Parasite is nominated for the Best Ensemble award, which is the SAGgies equivalent of Best Picture.
Big win for Parasite last night. It won the Best Editing Award for a Drama at the ACE Awards, the annual awards given by the editing guild. This is the first time a non-English film has ever won this award. Congrats!!!
I'm calling it now: this will not only be the first Korean film to be nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar (it's frankly incredible that Korea has NEVER gotten a nomination in that category before), it will be nominated for Best Picture as well.
So glad I was right about this!
Six nominations for Parasite, an absolutely incredible achievement. Here's hoping they actually win a few of these next month!!!
On the downside, none of the film's amazing performances were nominated. In fact, the history of the Academy with Asian performances is frankly abysmal. African Americans complain about #OscarsSoWhite, but consider this: an Asian has NEVER been nominated for best actress or best actor. Ever. (I'm considering 'Asian' specifically as East and Southeast Asian, not Iranian or Indian).
Furthermore, the last (and only) time an Asian woman won Best Supporting Actress was 1957: Miyoshi Umeki for Sayonara (she is better known today as Mrs. Livingston from the Courtship of Eddie's Father TV show)! And there's only been one Best Supporting Actor winner, Dr. Haing S. Ngor for the Killing Fields. The only other Asian nominees in my lifetime have been Rinko Kikuchi for Babel and Ken Watanabe for The Last Saumrai.
Even when Asian themed movies get nominated for other awards, the Asians are left out. The Last Emperor (about China) won Best Picture. The only acting nomination? Noted Chinese thespian Peter O'Toole. No actors nominated for Crouching Tiger. No Oscars or noms for Michelle Yeoh, Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi. Hero? Zero. Crazy Rich Asians? Nope. Joy Luck Club? Out of luck.
This year, they really had a chance to make amends. The great Song Kang Ho in Parasite, not to mention Park So Dam and Cho Yeo Jeong. Awkwafina and Zhao Shuzhen for the Farewell. And even Constance Wu for Hustlers. All of them got major props from critics, and not a single one got a nomination. Meanwhile fricking Scarlet Johannsson, who can't act her way out of a paper bag, got two. Sigh.
Oh, and one more rant: putting obvious lead actors in supporting. The movie isn't called One Pope and One Supporting Pope! But Anthony Hopkins got a supporting actor nom anyway. Ditto Brad Pitt, who is pretty much the co-star of his movie.
also back in the day white people playing Asian characters won oscars. The Good Earth I think was the main one. The fact that Denzel Washington has the same number of acting oscars as all Asians combined in the history of the oscars just shows how there is not only a lack of diversity but whenever black actors don’t get nominated there is an outcry, but when Asians don’t get nominated it’s just silence.
Wow, tonight was the amazing high point of the entire awards run to date.
They had the Screen Actor Guild awards tonight. This is an awards show thrown by the actor's union SAG that focuses solely on performances in TV and the movies; no technical awards, just acting. They have the usual lead/supporting categories, plus another category for Best Cast that is the equivalent of Best Picture at the Oscars: an award given to the entire main cast of a film.
Parasite was one of the five films nominated in Best Cast, but got no other nominations. This has been the main issue Parasite has had all year: it also got no acting noms at the Oscars, Golden Globes or BAFTAs. This was basically its one chance to get an acting award. In getting this nom, it became only the second foreign language film to get a nomination in this category ever, after Life is Beautiful some 20 years ago.
A number of the stars of the movie showed up, including Park So Dam and Choi Woo Shik, the son and daughter of the Kim family.
During the show, they had each cast come out and introduce their film, kind of like how the Oscars have a small segment for each nominated film during the show. When the Parasite cast came out, they got an *enormous* ovation, many in the audience standing. It was *incredible*. They then proceeded to intro their movie IN KOREAN with subtitles.
I can tell you, none of the other movies got a reaction like this:
Best Cast was the final award. It seemed impossible to imagine that Parasite could win it, no foreign language film ever had. The actors in question weren't even members of the SAG union. But.... WIN THEY DID! My wife and I literally shouted and jumped to our feet when they said 'Parasite'. What an unbelievable upset! Another massive standing ovation. The cast came up, and the great Korean actor Song Kang Ho gave a wonderful acceptance speech while Bong Joon Ho the director beamed with pride and shot a video from the audience.
What a night. Congrats to Parasite on making history AGAIN!
Charlize Theron tweeted about meeting Park So Dam at the SAGs! Gave her a nice compliment, too.
Calling her 'this one' as opposed to her name has produced a little controversy on twitter. Did she not know her name? Possibly. Or, she might have just assumed everyone knew who she was and she didn't need to use the name, a la, 'get a load of this person I met!' Or, she thought she was meeting Mantis from the Avengers/Guardians of the Galaxy:
Whatever, it's still a big compliment, and I'm sure Park was thrilled if she saw it.
Well, she and the cast are back in Korea, so hopefully she got out unscathed! There were the usual 'return to Korea' photos that we are used to seeing when one of the Korean golfers returns home. From what I've read, she and most of the cast are scheduled to attend the Oscars in a few weeks. Apparently only the son, Choi Woo Shik, won't be able to come due to filming commitments.
Speaking of Choi, he has become the first Parasite cast member to score an American film role following the success of the film. Not surprising, considering he speaks English pretty much fluently, having spent ten years living in Canada during his teens. Anyways, the film is called 'Past Lives', and its about a man and a woman who were childhood sweethearts in Korea, get separated, then meet again as adults. The film will be directed by a Korean American named Celine Song, and is produced by the guy who produced No Country for Old Men.
Choi and Park So Dam lived it up at the SAGs. Here's a newly posted pic of the two of them smiling while Brad Pitt receives his Best Supporting Actor award in the background.
Bong is a disrupter. That’s a tired word now, co-opted by the tech and streaming worlds, but he’s the real walking, talking deal. He’s written his own rules, disproved the conventional wisdom that Americans won’t embrace subtitled movies, and turned a Seoul-set class warfare comedy-thriller into a staggering hit: Parasite has already earned $25 million in the U.S., making it by far the highest-grossing foreign-language film of last year, and more than $132 million worldwide. A limited series is even in the works at HBO. Bong has inspired all this by staying true to his idiosyncratic self.
Post by legitimategolf on Jan 30, 2020 20:16:57 GMT
Finally saw it last night. Thoroughly entertained. I laughed a lot but also freaked out. Mostly enjoyed the development stages of the plot, the conclusion I found a bit unsatisfying on a couple of levels. The ensemble I thought was indeed great. What really did it for me was Cho Yeo Jeong as the wealthy matriarch. Kang Ho's character on the other hand I was a little confused by. What happens at the end seemed so out of character. Are we allowed to talk about the plot yet? When the old housekeeper showed up again I almost died.
Jessica was daebak of course but her cigarette smoking could've used some work. That's my only nitpick, I know it is weird but the way she handled the cigarettes didn't look natural and thus kind of took me out of the moment. Other than that really impressed by every aspect of this production. I think it translates extremely well to American sensibility and will recommend to everyone I know.