Cast members of the South Korean film “Parasite” celebrated their win for best motion-picture ensemble at the Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday evening, talking backstage at the Shrine Auditorium about why the film has garnered such a broad audience.
“Today we just made a new history … 20 years after `Life Is Beautiful,’ a foreign cast got this big award,” said Choi Woo-sik, who plays one of the younger siblings in the eerie social commentary centered on a single family.
The film resonated with so many people because income inequality is prevalent everywhere, said Song Kang-ho, who played the family patriarch.
“In any society nowadays you have the haves and the have nots, you have those who are needy and those who are well off, and every society has those groups constantly existing with one another and that’s why the film has gained so much sympathy from people all over the world,” Kang-ho said through a translator.
“Parasite,” which won a Global Globe for best foreign language film, is nominated for six Oscars, including foreign language film and best picture. But writer-director Bong Joon-Ho was not interested in tempting fate.
Joon-Ho stood at the side of the stage and prompted the actors to answer reporters’ questions backstage, but when a question was asked about the film’s Oscar prospects, he stepped to the microphone.
“It is true that the momentum is building and we are a part of the awards race and the campaign but I think today what’s truly important is that these actors were acknowledged by fellow peers, acknowledged as the best ensemble case of this year,” the director said. “That’s the greatest joy of this night.”
As for the Oscars, “Who knows, no one can predict what will happen,” Joon-Ho said through a translator.
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