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Lead or Supporting: Cho Yeo-Jeong (Mrs. Park) in Parasite
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    Wanda
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    Your argument is that the entire family has the focus of the film and similar screentime. This is incorrect.  The son is clearly the main focus of the film, followed then by the father.  The son has more streentime than the father who has more screentime than the sister who has more screentime than the mother.

    Lol, you are confusing “being the focus of the film” with screetime. Like I said, the film uses the whole family to depict different economic realities between different social statuses. The kid or his father having a little more screentime than the female characters or a few more scenes with shock value is not relevant to their placement as lead or supporting.

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    You can’t convince me that the poor family’s mom is lead.  She doesn’t have the focus

    But she literally does.

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    She doesn’t. Have you not seen this movie?

    I think you could come up with real arguments instead.

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    Okay. No need for this discussion because there isn’t one. For (almost) every performance, there is a clear, cut, and dry category they belong to. In Parasite, EVERY SINGLE character is Supporting. Why, you ask? Well, for a character to be a lead they either, a) must be the clear protagonist having the most screentime (e.g. Frances McDormand in Three Billboards), b) have a screentime greater than or equal to 50% of the film’s runtime (e.g. Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born), or c) have a screentime greater than or equal to 75% of any of the film’s leads (e.g. Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything). These rules are of my creation, but they have worked with every film I have applied this to, and I honestly believe the Academy should adopt it. Anyway, following this, Parasite has no lead. Nobody is in 50% or more of the film. There is not a clear lead, obviously, as we have an entire discussion on it. And finally, according to the 75% rule, there would be five leads: the family and the Park mother. But, the two mothers are in less than 25% of the movie. So, unless you think that is enough to be lead, which is technically debatable according to the aforementioned rules, there is no lead.

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    Yes, I still have to agree that the four actors that portray the Kim family are not all Leads.

    Only Choi Woo-shik has the screentime/arc that would make me justify putting him in Lead.

    Then I would MAYBE consider Song Kang ho and Cho Yeo Jeong as borderline leads but both belong and should’ve won in Supporting.

    Park So-dam made a strong impression, to be sure, and she is the one who seems to assimilate into the Parks’ lifestyle the most, but she is definitely Supporting.

    I can’t even justify the Kim mother, Jang Hye-jin, as being a Lead.

    Now, to counter this, I do think a performance such as Anthony Hopkins in THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS does throw a wrench into this as he certainly had the screentime to be Supporting. However I feel like that is one rare example where people seem to let the one slide….probably because he was far and away the best in that category.

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    The whole Anthony Hopkins thing doesn’t make sense to me. He was in it for only a little bit. He’s supporting. Who cares about the kind of impression he had? That doesn’t make him leading. Because of this, and the characters in Parasite, I think there should also be a stipulation that a lead must be in at least 25% of the film.

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