Parasite triumphs in OFCS awards

Bong Joon Ho's film scoops six awards

by Amber Wilkinson

Parasite Photo: © 2019 CJ ENM Corporation, Barunson E&A
Parasite followed up on its Best Foreign Language film win at the Golden Globes by taking home six awards in the Online Film Critics Society annual poll.

The film, which tells the story of a cash-strapped family who inveigle their to the lives of a wealthy clan, was named Best Picture, as well as picking up the awards for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Film Not in the English Language and a special gong for production design.

It marked the second year that a non-English language film took the top prize, after Roma won last year.

The acting awards went to Lupita Nyong'o for Jordan Peele's horror film Us and Adam Driver for his performance as a husband going through divorce in Marriage Story. Brad Pitt took home the Best Supporting Actor accolade for Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood and the Best Supporting Actor award went to Jennifer Lopez for Hustlers.

Martin Scorsese's The Irishman, which received the most nominations, won the Best Adapted Screenplay award for Steven Zaillian.

Josh Cooley’s Toy Story 4 was named Best Animated Feature and Todd Douglas Miller’s Apollo 11 won Best Documentary.

The OFCS, which represents 284 film critics from around the world, also chose to honour the Agência Nacional de Cinema (the National Cinema Agency of Brazil) for their work supporting art against attacks from their fascist government.

The full list of winners is below:

Best Picture - Parasite
Best Animated Feature - Toy Story 4
Best Director - Bong Joon-ho – Parasite
Best Actor - Adam Driver – Marriage Story
Best Actress - Lupita Nyong’o – Us
Best Supporting Actor - Brad Pitt – Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood
Best Supporting Actress - Jennifer Lopez – Hustlers
Best Original Screenplay - Parasite – Bong Joon-ho, Han Jin-won
Best Adapted Screenplay - Steven Zaillian – The Irishman
Best Editing - Parasite – Jinmo Yang
Best Cinematography - 1917 – Roger Deakins
Best Original Score - Us – Michael Abels
Best Debut Feature - Olivia Wilde – Booksmart
Best Film Not in the English Language - Parasite
Best Documentary -Apollo 11

Technical Achievement Awards

Lifetime Achievement Awards

  • Julie Andrews
  • Olivia de Havilland
  • Roger Corman
  • Martin Scorsese
  • John Waters

Special Achievement Awards
Agencia Nacional de Cinema (Brazil) for supporting art against the attacks from a fascist government.

The society also recognises ten films each year that have not yet been released in the United States and those that were released on digital platforms but not afforded theatrical distribution.

Non-US Releases
Bacurau (Brazil)
Bait (UK)
Beanpole (Russia)
A Good Woman Is Hard To Find (UK)
A Rainy Day In New York (USA)
The Truth (France, Japan)
Vitalina Varela (Portugal)
The Whistlers (A European co-production)
Zombi Child (France)

Non-Theatrical Releases
Between Two Ferns: The Movie
The Body Remembers When The World Broke Open
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé
Horror Noire: A History Of Black Horror
Little Monsters
One Cut of the Dead
The Perfection
See You Yesterday
The Wind

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