Sunday, February 16, 2020

A Korean Masterpiece: Parasite

The 92nd Oscars was a pretty standard show – until Parasite grabbed a clutch of honors: Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best International Feature Film, and Best Director. 

But I didn’t think a lot of people truly thought Parasite could pull out a Best Picture win at the Oscars. 

Truth be told, the deck was stacked against the film from the start. 

I'm told Americans don’t like reading subtitles, and the Academy is mostly made up of Americans, working in the American film industry and so "the one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles” would get in the way of Parasite’s Best Picture chances, as it did for non-English-language films in the previous 91 Oscar ceremonies. 

Parasite’s dialogue is almost entirely in Korean, and usually films that aren’t in English get shut out of the “major” categories; typically, the Academy relegates them to the Best International Feature category (named Best Foreign Language Feature until 2019). 

Even getting into the International Feature category was a milestone for Parasite and its home country of South Korea, which had never managed to get a film even nominated for Best International Feature, let alone in the big categories like director, screenplay, and picture. 

Besides, Netflix had 24 nominations – the most of any studio – and they had expected to dominate the award season’s biggest night the same way they have dominated the entertainment industry. Instead, Netflix walked away with practically zilch. 

Parasite is indeed, a masterpiece! Anyway, check out the Best Picture Winner's opening 10 minutes and I guarantee you will want to go watch the movie:
I was at the Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur in Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin, KL today – to attend the EPF Toastmasters meeting. Special thanks to Vanessa Kok, Vice President Education for the kind invite.

I managed to secure a speaking slot – and so, I presented my CC#8 Get Comfortable with Visual Aids titled Blue Ribbons. 

And I was voted Best Assignment Speaker.

I also evaluated a L2P1 Understanding Your Leadership Style speech. 

Overall, it was an enjoyable meeting.

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