Time to pay glory to the bounteous WiFi because “Parasite” has become only the second foreign language film to garner an ensemble nomination at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
The cast of “Parasite” — Cho Yeo Jeong, Choi Woo Shik, Chang Hyae Jin, Jung Hyeon Jun, Jung Ziso, Lee Jung Eun, Lee Sun Kyun, Park Myung Hoon, Park So Dam and Song Kang Ho — joins the cast of “Life Is Beautiful” (1998) as the only foreign language films to crack the SAG Awards’ top category in its 26-year existence. “Life Is Beautiful,” which went on to win Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actor for Roberto Benigni at the Oscars, lost to eventual Best Picture Oscar winner “Shakespeare in Love.”
“Parasite” was way down in 11th place in our odds, as the SAG Awards has historically favored English-language performances, especially since the SAG-AFTRA merger in 2012. “The Farewell” was completely blanked by SAG despite some Best Actress heat for Awkwafina. “Parasite” made the cut over some heavy competition, including “Marriage Story,” which reaped three individual bids, a surging, crowd-pleasing hit in “Knives Out” and the star-studded “Little Women,” which is not having a good week, missing key nominations at the Golden Globes and getting snubbed by the Art Directors and Costume Design Guilds as well.
Needless to say, this is a major boost for “Parasite’s” Oscar hopes. Not even “Roma,” which was much more of a Best Picture Oscar frontrunner than “Parasite” is at this point, could ride its prestige and hype to an ensemble nomination last year. “Parasite” also overcame late screeners to the SAG nominating committee, proving that there is lots and lots of passion out there for Bong Joon Ho‘s lacerating satire. So don’t be surprised if “Parasite” wins ensemble next month.
The cast of “Parasite” is up against those of “Bombshell,” “The Irishman,” “Jojo Rabbit” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”