Holy sh*t. I can’t remember the last time I woke up to good news. The best picture actually won Best Picture. In some ways it’s quite telling how far into this late-capitalist hellhole we’ve all sunk that a picture so incandescently searing in its indictment of the rotten system that is consuming our lives and our planet can triumph at a gilded ceremony hosted in the heart of an empire built on the back of that system but that doesn’t change the fact that this is a historic, belated, much deserved win. I saw Parasite quite some time ago, and I haven’t really stopped thinking about it since. This moment right here is something to savour.
Four years ago I wrote a list on this here site that covered what I considered to be the best entries in the new wave of post-2000’s crime flicks coming out of South Korea. I opened the write-up for the number one entry with the following paragraph:
Here’s the thing about Memories of Murder (Salinui chueok): it’s almost too good. I had to put it at the end of this otherwise chronological list because if I had gushed as much as I’m about to gush over it at the start, you wouldn’t still be reading right now, you’d be finding the nearest towel to wipe all of my raw gush off you.
That is how I felt after my viewing of Parasite, and if I’d actually had time to write about films over the past year, a gushsplosion is exactly what I’d have delivered. Right now, a Twitter round-up of the reactions to its win last night will have to do.
Wrote this in a blur, but I hope it conveys some sense of my utter euphoria:https://t.co/dPre7fkfOG— Justin Chang (@JustinCChang) February 10, 2020
Guess the #Oscars aren't so "local" anymore.😉— Daniel Dae Kim (@danieldaekim) February 10, 2020
Warmest, deepest congratulations to #Parasite, the first film not in the English language to ever win Best Picture. Truly historic.🇰🇷🇺🇸https://t.co/rQEcr7hf4k
I BELIEVE that this means that Bong Joon-Ho ties Walt Disney by winning four Oscars in a single night.— Libby Hill (@midwestspitfire) February 10, 2020
bong joon-ho making everyone who worked on parasite stand up so people could applaud them.. UNSTOPPABLE DAD ENERGY— jonny sun (@jonnysun) February 10, 2020
Parasite is the first Palme d’Or winner to win Best Picture since Marty!— Matt Prigge (@mattprigge) February 10, 2020
Someone please find a way to livestream Bong Joon-Ho’s afterparty situation— Sam Sanders (@samsanders) February 10, 2020
the Oscars are good now pic.twitter.com/YMknJ6bcMk— priscilla page (@BBW_BFF) February 10, 2020
i really hope Parasite winning Best Picture means it'll re-open wide and stream everywhere and HBO will cancel the shit out of that Adam McKay version— Inkoo Kang (@inkookang) February 10, 2020
Just talked to Choi Woo Shik from PARASITE at the Governors Ball and asked him what he thought was the most surreal thing about the Best Picture win. He said it was Song Kang Ho crying in reaction to it. “It’s really hard to catch Mr. Song crying.”— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) February 10, 2020
At least this time around, Marty lost to a fellow master pic.twitter.com/7xE1I1gHd5— Bright Wall/Dark Room (@BWDR) February 10, 2020
when the actual best picture wins best picture pic.twitter.com/hWvnpDt4qy— Alison Herman (@aherman2006) February 10, 2020
First👏🏽Non👏🏽English👏🏽Language👏🏽Best👏🏽Fucking👏🏽Picture👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 #BongHive— Phillip Atiba Goff (@DrPhilGoff) February 10, 2020
No seriously, how is Parasite the FIRST South Korean film to ever be nominated for Best International Film, let alone the first winner?! #oscars— Kayleigh Donaldson (@Ceilidhann) February 10, 2020
I grew up on Bong Joon Ho’s movies — The Host, Memories of a Murderer, etc — and I just watched him receive an Oscar for best director. An absolutely amazing day to be Korean #BongHive— Catherine Kim (@ck_525) February 10, 2020
The PARASITE win is a triumph for Asian-Americans in the sense that most non-Asian-Americans think Asian culture is monolithic. But no American studio would have bankrolled PARASITE w/Bong and his cast in this form. It's great, of course it is, but I'm feeling introspective.— Walter Chaw 周瑜 (@mangiotto) February 10, 2020
Love seeing these posts praising the movie “Parasite,” from the same people who can’t seem to comprehend Bernie Sanders’ critique of capitalism. #Oscars— Stacey Walker (@swalker06) February 10, 2020
Can’t remember the last time I really liked the best picture winner pic.twitter.com/jhIPD4Ef4r— Dan Nancarrow (@DanNancarrow) February 10, 2020
Standing with Parasite crew, I got congratulated A LOT. Lol.— John Cho (@JohnTheCho) February 10, 2020
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