Parasite’s brilliant win is a portent of change in the conceited Hollywood club | Peter Bradshaw
The Academy has finally caught up with the outside world in its appreciation of non-English-language filmAfter years of upholding the values of mainstream-prestige dullness and having cultivated a habit of rewarding mediocrity and conformity, the Oscars have made a bold and brilliant choice.
Hooray for the good taste of Hollywood.
Best picture, best director and best international feature have gone to a movie that really deserves it, a film from beyond the Los Angeles parish pump.
Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite from South Korea is the stunningly clever and powerful upstairs-downstairs satire of a predatory family moving into a wealthy household, and in so doing revealing the dual dysfunction of both the master and servant family groups and the unhappiness of wider society, disclosing a new 21st-century serfdom.I admit that on a purely subjective level, I had been rooting for Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, which sadly went home with nothing.
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