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    Yea some people like to make the argument that it was sympathy for his director snub that pushed the film so far, but those people seem to forget that both the critics choice and the golden globes closed their voting way before the oscar nominations came out (they were especially early that year) and he and the movie won both of those. So while it definitely could’ve turned into one of those critics awards vs industry awards splits we know he would’ve had the momentum anyway and don’t have any reason to think it wouldn’t have played out just like it did

    On that note, if Affleck was nominated and won for Directing, the Best Picture race might’ve been slightly boring because it would just be Argo all the way through.

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    Parasite’s Oscars race was as dramatic as it can be. There was never a point where it was the frontrunner, but it was always at least 3rd–first behind Irishman and OUATIH, later behind 1917–never leaving us without hope. It was truly the best timeline for Parasite fans.

    First wave: The SAG Ensemble nomination (JUST CAME OUT OF NOWHERE) –> GG nom (securing the same noms as Roma)

    Second wave: The GG & CC losses –> Missing below-the-line noms at BAFTA –> then missing actor nom at the Oscars… BUT securing editing (I remember when I was watching live and John Cho, with a surprised/impressed tone, said “Parasite” in lieu of OUATIH…)

    Third: The ACE Eddie Win (which JUST CAME OUT OF NOWHERE), giving us hope… then it lost PGA… then it WON SAG, which everybody predicted was an uphill battle against the TV-cast-studded OUATIH.

    Fourth: WGA + BAFTA Screenplay win, giving us (along with SAG) a secured path toward BP victory (but never the precursor BP itself).

    Fifth: The upset of the decade, Bong, and best picture.

     

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    Parasite’s Oscars race was as dramatic as it can be. There was never a point where it was the frontrunner, but it was always at least 3rd–first behind Irishman and OUATIH, later behind 1917–never leaving us without hope. It was truly the best timeline for Parasite fans. First wave: The SAG Ensemble nomination (JUST CAME OUT OF NOWHERE) –> GG nom (securing the same noms as Roma) Second wave: The GG & CC losses –> Missing below-the-line noms at BAFTA –> then missing actor nom at the Oscars… BUT securing editing (I remember when I was watching live and John Cho, with a surprised/impressed tone, said “Parasite” in lieu of OUATIH…) Third: The ACE Eddie Win (which JUST CAME OUT OF NOWHERE), giving us hope… then it lost PGA… then it WON SAG, which everybody predicted was an uphill battle against the TV-cast-studded OUATIH. Fourth: WGA + BAFTA Screenplay win, giving us (along with SAG) a secured path toward BP victory (but never the precursor BP itself). Fifth: The upset of the decade, Bong, and best picture.

    A roller coaster of emotions

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    In a way, I think the controversy from the nominations helped. Yes, we say the Academy will never care about social media outrage and how that didn’t work for Roma but Parasite had something that the former didn’t; no detractors. Roma was considered THE frontrunner all season  and with all the hoopla over Green Book’s mediocrity, we assumed that the voters would easily prefer Roma. But Roma had detractors that thought it was boring, pointless, and overrated while also being “niche” of filmed in black and white. There was a cold detachment about it.

    Parasite had no haters and it wasn’t the locked frontrunner. Therefore, voters didn’t feel too pressured to vote for it just because of that. Passion truly won here.

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    John Berchmans
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    In a way, I think the controversy from the nominations helped. Yes, we say the Academy will never care about social media outrage and how that didn’t work for Roma but Parasite had something that the former didn’t; no detractors. Roma was considered THE frontrunner all season and with all the hoopla over Green Book’s mediocrity, we assumed that the voters would easily prefer Roma. But Roma had detractors that thought it was boring, pointless, and overrated while also being “niche” of filmed in black and white. There was a cold detachment about it. Parasite had no haters and it wasn’t the locked frontrunner. Therefore, voters didn’t feel too pressured to vote for it just because of that. Passion truly won here.

    And on the other side of the spectrum, 1917 had a lot of detractors (like me) who called it shallow and criticized it’s story, pacing, and characterization. First it was the internet articles (which I didn’t out too much stake into) but then it was the leaked ballots that trashed it and I went all in on Parasite. The moment it lost Sound Edititng I knew something was up, and then when it lost Director I knew Parasite had 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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    I assumed that the DGA vote was very close – maybe 30% Mendes to 29.5% Bong and the PGA vote was very close – maybe 51% 1917 to 49% Parasite on the final round. The BAFTA vote was obviously a landslide in every one of the 7 categories 1917 won, due to it being a British film with a British director, British actors, and British cinematographer in a film with a British historical subject at a British awards show.

    The GG should be irrelevant, but it holds huge sway over the awards shows that follow. Did the four acting winners, Hildur Guonodattir (composer for Joker), and 1917/Mendes all win in the run-up to the Oscars because they were all copying the GG, or was it a coincidence that they came up with the same winners in certain categories?

    Like other people pointed out, it’s best not to be the frontrunner going into the Oscars.

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