Can I say that this was a moment? It was a moment.
When Jane Fonda announced Parasite as the best picture, the joy and delight that erupted from the crowd was undeniable. I mean, I totally felt it. Witnessing a non-English speaking film win Best International Film, Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Director – well, it’s never been done before. NEVER. BEEN. DONE. It felt like a brief reprieve from American politics and a small beacon of hope that despite major setbacks, some things are progressing forward. Add that this was a Korean film? Well, I am over the moon about it. #koreanpride
AND when they turned the lights down and the crowd chanted, “UP! UP! UP! UP!” I was so grateful because we would have never heard Miky Lee‘s speech. She’s the Hollywood boss and mogul you never heard of. Miky was major investor # 2 in Dreamworks, just after Paul Allen, and is a complete and total fashion icon. At 61, she looks like she could throw down like any other 20-year-old at a punk rock concert.
Now, there are times when I get all angsty about awards shows. They get it wrong, just as often as they get it right. Just like in politics, studios do a tremendous amount of lobbying to get the members of the Academy to vote for their particular film. So “best film” can be synonymous with the film with the deepest pockets. But this time, it wasn’t. And I can’t help but feel happy.
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