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Parasite won the SAG Award for best performance by a cast in a motion picture on Sunday night, making history as the first foreign-language film to win in the category.
Park So-dam, Lee Sun-kyun, Choi Woo-shik, Lee Jung-eun and Song Kang-ho were among the castmembers that took the stage to accept the honor.
With help from translator Sharon Choi, Song said that “although the title is Parasite, I think the story is about coexistence and how we can all live together.”
“But to be honored with the best ensemble award, it occurs to me maybe we haven’t created such a bad movie,” the actor continued to laughter from the audience.
“I am so honored to receive this award in front of such amazing actors that I admire. I will remember and never forget this beautiful night. Thank you so much,” he concluded to applause from the crowd.
The win for the South Korean comedy-thriller is major, considering SAG-AFTRA’s longtime aversion to subtitled films. The honor furthers the possibility of Parasite making a very serious run at becoming the first non-English-language film to ever win the best picture Oscar.
Bong Joon Ho’s film is the Academy’s first-ever Korean best picture nominee. The dramedy stands to win up to six Oscars at the Feb. 9 ceremony: best picture, director, international feature film, original screenplay, production design and film editing.
Parasite was up against Bombshell, The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit, and Once Upon a Time In Hollywood for SAG’s best performance by a cast in a motion picture award.
Speaking with reporters backstage, Lee Sun-kyun said, “We’re the parasites of Hollywood now. Hopefully, with this opportunity and with the success of Parasite, various film industries from across the world can co-exist and exist together.”
Added Bong, “It is true that the momentum is building and we are a part of the awards race, but I think today what is truly important was the cast was acknowledged by peers and that’s the greatest joy. … In regards to Oscars, who knows what will happen?”
“Other than us, there’s so many out there in foreign countries,” Choi said to reporters backstage. “I hope after this year or next year, we can see more Asian films.”
The 26th annual SAG Awards aired on TBS and TNT from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
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