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    The DGA is arguably the most powerful statistic at the Oscars. Up until now, it had been wrong only seven times and if you adjust it for the top two contenders being in contention at both the DGA and the Oscars, it had only been wrong four times. But tonight the Academy stunningly made history by awarding the first foreign film the Best Picture honor and the first film ever to win multiple Best Film awards at the Oscars along with a Best Director win which now brings the DGA’s incorrect tally to eight or five if adjusted. How did Bong Joon Ho do it?

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    John Berchmans
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    I think this might go down as the biggest upset of all time. Never in the history of this category has a film won every precursor and still lost. I predicted Parasite’s other 3 wins, but I never could have seen this one coming.

    Academy-Award winners:

    Parasite: Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay

    Joker: Best Actor - Joaquin Phoenix

    Jojo Rabbit: Best Adapted Screenplay

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    Seven
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    I don’t know what the hell happened but God bless. One of the best upsets of all time

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    Manuelcolon
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    The term that i learned about this season that impacted me the most was “passion”, i knew what it was and i had seen it in the past, but after tonight’s ceremony i understood how important it is for a movie to have passion.

    Moonlight had it and after doing my research i understood that Parasite was on the same place, and on a bigger scale. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how many precursors or how technical the movie is, passion beats it all.

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    John Berchmans
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    It’s also clear that 1917 didn’t get the same love from Academy members that it did from the precursors. There were only 3 upsets tonight and all of them were awards 1917 was favored to win. I knew it would lose Picture after reading the leaked ballots and seeing the lack of love for it, but I had no idea that apathy extended to these other categories as well.

    I just feel vindicated that I’m not the only one. When I walked out of 1917 I felt like I was going mad. “Everyone else loves this movie”, I said to myself. “Why did you not like it?” But the members of the academy must have had the same problems I did. It doesn’t matter how technically impressive your film is, nothing can make up for a shallow script, zero characterization, and a complete lack of tension and suspense. I think that’s the big thing we’ve learned this year: a good script trumps all else. Parasite has the best script, so it won.

    Academy-Award winners:

    Parasite: Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay

    Joker: Best Actor - Joaquin Phoenix

    Jojo Rabbit: Best Adapted Screenplay

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    John Berchmans
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    Just to make myself clear I’m not shitting on people who loved 1917. I wish I loved it too. I never go into movies wanting to hate them. I’m simply saying that I didn’t like it, and based on tonight’s results I don’t think very many members of the academy liked it either.

    Academy-Award winners:

    Parasite: Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay

    Joker: Best Actor - Joaquin Phoenix

    Jojo Rabbit: Best Adapted Screenplay

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    FreemanGriffin
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    Parasite had more passion than 1917 did – it’s contemporary and speaking to issues that are facing us today – class issues – the very same issues that are elevating the Sanders campaign for President this year – class warfare is the major theme of both!

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    Just to make myself clear I’m not shitting on people who loved 1917. I wish I loved it too. I never go into movies wanting to hate them. I’m simply saying that I didn’t like it, and based on tonight’s results I don’t think very many members of the academy liked it either.

    They loved it, they just loved Parasite more!

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    babypook
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    The DGA is arguably the most powerful statistic at the Oscars. Up until now, it had been wrong only seven times and if you adjust it for the top two contenders being in contention at both the DGA and the Oscars, it had only been wrong four times. But tonight the Academy stunningly made history by awarding the first foreign film the Best Picture honor and the first film ever to win multiple Best Film awards at the Oscars along with a Best Director win which now brings the DGA’s incorrect tally to eight or five if adjusted. How did Bong Joon Ho do it?

    Even machines don’t get it “right” year after year. PGA tanked as well. That s more surprising than DGA.

    They’re powerful guilds, but they don’t outnumber SAG.
    Looks to me like voters went with their heart this year. Amazing really.

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    JackO
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    The BongHive was tooo strong.

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    Eddy Q
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    It’s weird because the conventional wisdom was that the shorter season would prevent huge upsets like this from occurring, while the later voting period of years past was when frontrunner fatigue would set in. Many people backing 1917 insisted that it would be helped by a rushed awards season because Oscar voters would default to old voting habits in that short space of time. It just shows how strong Parasite was right from the beginning. And it clearly would’ve won Best Picture even without the preferential ballot.

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    Joe Burns
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    Even machines don’t get it “right” year after year. PGA tanked as well. That s more surprising than DGA.

    They’re powerful guilds, but they don’t outnumber SAG.
    Looks to me like voters went with their heart this year. Amazing really.

    PGA is more hit or miss than DGA though.

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    Joe Burns
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    It’s weird because the conventional wisdom was that the shorter season would prevent huge upsets like this from occurring, while the later voting period of years past was when frontrunner fatigue would set in. Many people backing 1917 insisted that it would be helped by a rushed awards season because Oscar voters would default to old voting habits in that short space of time. It just shows how strong Parasite was right from the beginning. And it clearly would’ve won Best Picture even without the preferential ballot.

    I completely agree, Parasite would clearly have won without the preferential ballot.

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    Aameson
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    Hype? If there was ever an Oscar’s where I got the feeling the Academy voted for films they hadn’t seen this was it. They couldn’t be arsed this year.

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    John Berchmans
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    They loved it, they just loved Parasite more!

    The fact that it lost three awards it was heavily favored to win (and was the only film to get upset this year) makes me doubt that. I think if they really loved it 1917 would have won Director and Sound Editing. Maybe you’re right though: they may have just liked Bong and FvF more in those categories.

    I guess 1917 is a victim of high expectations: it won just as many as Dunkirk did in 2017, but everyone expected it to win much more so it’s a disappointment when Dunkirk wasn’t.

    Academy-Award winners:

    Parasite: Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay

    Joker: Best Actor - Joaquin Phoenix

    Jojo Rabbit: Best Adapted Screenplay

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