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Twitter Reacts to Bong Joon-ho's 'Parasite' Winning the Best Picture Oscar

By Petr Knava | Social Media | February 10, 2020 |

By Petr Knava | Social Media | February 10, 2020 |


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.

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Petr is a staff contributor. You can follow him on Twitter.

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