Friday, May 24, 2024

Studios, Netflix, Everyone at SAG Awards Loses to Indie Mini Neon and Bong Joon Ho’s Cannes Winner “Parasite” (LOL)


Well, ain’t that something?

All the studios and Netflix lost tonight. Mini indie Neon, smaller than a particle, won the SAG Best Cast Ensemble with the Korean movie, “Parasite.”

Yes, “Parasite,” a foreign language feature, is the first ever to win Best Picture at SAG or anywhere. And now it’s headed to the Oscars in competition with “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” “The Irishman,” and “1917.”

And you know what? It may well win. When the director and cast were introduced tonight, they received a STANDING OVATION. I reported it in real time. I said, maybe they’ll win. And they did.

Something about “Parasite” has captivated at least people in the business. In the general box office, “Parasite” has made a decent $28 million. But now on Friday Neon will most certainly pump up the number of theaters beyond the current 800 plus.

Could a foreign language film actually win the Academy Award for Best Picture? Harvey Weinstein wanted that so badly in 1999 for “Life is Beautiful.” Now Harvey’s on trial and his dreams are coming true. Unbelievable.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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