Parasite Wins Large at SAG Awards, however So Do Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston


“Parasite” has formally contaminated this yr’s award season. Bong Joon Ho’s Korean class satire grew to become the primary international language movie to take high honors from the Display Actors Guild on Sunday, setting itself up as a professional finest image contender to the front-runner “1917” at subsequent month’s Academy Awards.

The most effective ensemble win for “Parasite” came to visit the starry epics “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” and “The Irishman.” It was a shock however solely to a level. “Parasite,” up for six Oscars together with finest image, has emerged as maybe the stiffest competitors for Sam Mendes’ “1917,” which received on the extremely predictive Producers Guild Awards on Saturday.

However “Parasite” was the clear crowd favourite Sunday on the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, the place even the solid’s look introducing the movie drew a standing ovation. But till the SAG Awards, the various honors for “Parasite” have seldom included wins for its solid, none of whom was nominated for an Oscar.

“Although the title is ‘Parasite,’ I think the story is about coexistence and how we can all live together,” stated Music Kang Ho, one of many movie’s stars.

As a result of actors make up the most important share of the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences, their picks are carefully watched as an Academy Awards harbinger.

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston attend the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston attend the 26th Annual Display Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
Vivien Killilea–Getty Photographs/SAG-AFTRA

However the final two years, the SAG ensemble winner has not gone on to win finest image: “Black Panther” final yr and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” in 2018. And this yr’s front-runner, “1917,” extra acclaimed for its technical acumen, wasn’t nominated by the display screen actors. If “Parasite” can pull off the upset on the Feb. 9 Oscars, it could be the primary international language movie to take action.

Earlier than the win for “Parasite,” the SAG Awards have been most notable as a reunion for Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston. They every took residence awards and celebrated the opposite’s wins.

Pitt is headed towards his first appearing Academy Award for his supporting efficiency in “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” and he added to his front-runner standing with a win from the actors’ guild. Alongside the best way, his speeches have been filled with one-liners, and he didn’t disappoint Sunday. Pitt, who stated he was nursing a flu, seemed down at his award and stated, “I’ve got to add this to my Tinder profile.”

He added: “Let’s be honest, it was a difficult part. A guy who gets high, takes his shirt off and doesn’t get on with his wife. It was a big stretch.” The viewers laughed and clapped, together with — because the cameras captured — Aniston, his ex-wife.

Aniston later received an award of her personal for finest feminine actor in a drama collection for the Apple TV Plus present “The Morning Show.” “What!” she stated upon reaching the stage. Aniston completed her speech with a shout-out to her “Murder Mystery” co-star Adam Sandler, whose efficiency in “Uncut Gems” has gone principally unrewarded this season regardless of appreciable acclaim.

“Your performance is extraordinary and your magic is real. I love you, buddy,” stated Aniston.

Backstage, Pitt watched Aniston’s acceptance speech. After she received off stage, they warmly congratulated one another on their first particular person SAG Awards.

Together with Pitt, all of the Oscar favorites stored their momentum, together with wins for Renee Zellweger (“Judy”), Joaquin Phoenix (“Phoenix”) and Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”).

As anticipated, Phoenix took finest efficiency by a male actor. After individually praising every fellow nominee, Phoenix concluded with a nod to his Joker predecessor. “I’m standing here on the shoulders of my favorite actor, Heath Ledger,” stated Phoenix.

Dern additionally additional established herself as the most effective supporting actress favourite with a win from the actors guild. On her approach to the stage, she hugged her father, Bruce Dern (a part of the “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” ensemble).

Phoebe Waller-Bridge continued her awards sweep for “Fleabag,” a winner on the Emmys and the Golden Globes. Waller-Bridge added a SAG win for finest feminine actor in a comedy collection and took a second to replicate on the present’s parade of accolades.

“This whole thing really has been a dream, and if I wake up tomorrow and discover it was just that, then thank you,” stated Waller-Bridge. “It’s been the most beautiful dream.”

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” additionally continued its streak, profitable finest comedy collection ensemble for the second straight yr, together with Tony Shalhoub taking residence the statue for finest male actor in a comedy collection. However accepting the ensemble award, the present’s shocked Alex Borstein stated she had voted for “Fleabag.”

“Honestly this makes no sense,’ said Borstein. “‘Fleabag’ is brilliant.’”
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Robert De Niro was given the guild’s lifetime achievement award, an honor offered by Leonardo DiCaprio who, like De Niro, is a frequent main man for Martin Scorsese. (The 2 co-star in Scorsese’s upcoming “Killers of the Flower Moon.”) A raucous standing ovation greeted the 76-year-old actor.

De Niro, a fiery critic of Donald Trump, referenced the president in his remarks.

“There’s right and there’s wrong. And there’s common sense and there’s abuse of power. As a citizen, I have as much right as anybody — an actor, an athlete, anybody else — to voice my opinion,” stated De Niro. “And if I have a bigger voice because of my situation, I’m going to use it whenever I see a blatant abuse of power.”

“Game of Thrones” closed out its eight-season run with wins for Peter Dinklage for finest male actor in a drama collection and for finest stunt ensemble work. “The Crown” took finest ensemble in a drama collection. And each “Fosse/Verdon” stars — Michelle Williams and Sam Rockwell — received for his or her performances within the miniseries.

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