Golden Globes, Bong Joon-Ho, Parasite


Last night was the award ceremony of the Golden Globes 2020. The Asian movies Parasite and The Farewell were each nominated for respectively three and two awards.

Both movies were nominated for the category best motion picture foreign language, which was won by Parasite! In this category they had to compete with Les Misérables, Pain and Glory and Portrait of a Lady on Fire. The Farewell was not successful in this category, but thanks to Awkwafina (an Asian American actress) they went home with the Globe for best performance by an actress in a motion picture in musical or comedy.

Parasite was also nominated best director and best screenplay. In the first category director Bong Joon Ho had to compete with fellow directors Sam Mendes (1917), Martin Scorsese (The Irishman), Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon A Time … in Hollywood) and Todd Philips (Joker). At the end Sam Mendes won the Golden Globe for best director. Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won missed the Golden Globe for best screenplay which went to Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon A Time … in Hollywood.

These two Golden Globes and also the nominations offer a great perspective for a better and greater Asian representation in Hollywood. Thanks to this more filmmakers in Asia will be motivated to follow this line to make movies that are popular worldwide with the typical Asian ingredients. There are a lot of very good movies in Asia, but unfortunately some movies don’t get the respect they deserve. Let’s hope that Asian filmmakers can continue this start of a better representation in Hollywood.