As the year 2020 rolls along on its first month, the entertainment sector delves deeper into awards season. A big name in that regard, namely the Golden Globes, has already given its accolades weeks ago and there are still more in the way. But this Sunday evening it was the turn of the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists to present its nods to the best in the field of film and television. And here, what was once an honor for a South Korean dark comedy-thriller film when it was nominated for the next Academy Awards became an outright awards triumph.
By that we mean that in the 26th Screen Actors Guild Awards held January 19 at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium, Bong Joon-ho’s 2019 South Korean movie “Parasite” won a major award, the one foreign film in contention for that particular category. As The LA Times has it, For the Screen Actors Guild award of Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, “Parasite” would beat out other similarly Oscar-nominated American-produced blockbusters such as Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Martin Scorsese’s Netflix gangster epic “The Irishman” and Taika Waititi’s WWII-set satire “Jojo Rabbit.”
When the award was called out, the primary cast for “Parasite” – Park So Dam, Lee Sun Kyun, Choi Woo Shik, Lee Jung Eun and Song Kang Ho – all went up on stage to receive their statuettes of The Actor. It is well-earned considering the plot of Bong’s film is of an impoverished but ambitious South Korean family which pretends to be unrelated individuals so that all could be employed by an affluent household. Song Kang Ho, who portrays the father of the poor family, notes in his acceptance speech that receiving an award of such caliber is proof to their production that “Parasite” cannot be a bad movie.
“Although the title is ‘Parasite,’ I think the story is about co-existence and how we can all live together,” says Song.
While Bong Joon-ho’s film already has made the South Korean film industry proud thanks to its multitude of nominations for the upcoming 92nd Academy Awards next month, being awarded by the Screen Actors Guild for an outstanding cast performance in “Parasite” – only the second foreign film to be so honored – is bound to make the movie’s Academy Awards dreams even more tangible than ever. That is doubly so for being nominated for both Best International Feature Film and Best Picture.
In yet another proof of the global viability of “Parasite,” HBO has contracted Bong Joon-ho to work with Adam McKay in adapting the film into a limited series. There is no word however if this will be a westernized remake or an actual movie follow-up.
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