Tonight in Hollywood, and across the globe, it’s all about “Parasite.” “Parasite” by the Korean director Bong Joon-Ho, netted four Academy Awards on Sunday, winning in the Best Film, Best Director (Bong Joon-ho), Best Foreign Film and Best Screenplay categories. What a winning streak! Joon-Ho made history, too, in the process. This is the first time that a non-English-language film won for Best Film at the Academy Awards.
On the actors’ side, Joaquin Phoenix was crowned “Best Actor” for his mesmerizing turn as Joker, a vulnerable working stiff who descends into folly, unleashing mayhem and murder in the process, while Renée Zellweger earned Oscar gold in the Best Actress category for her interpretation of Judy Garland in “Judy.”
SEE ALSO: my review of “Parasite” at the 2019 Cannes Festival
Noteworthy, too: the awards that went to Laura Dern, for Best Supporting role for her role as lawyer armed with aggressive methods in the film “Marriage Story” by Noah Baumbach and Brad Pitt, who goes home with Best Supporting Actor. Pitt played the stuntman Cliff Booth in “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.”
“Toy Story 4” (out of Disney’s Pixar Studios) got the Oscar for Best Animated film on Sunday. “Toy Story 3” had already won the prize in 2011.