SAG Awards 2020: Parasite Makes History; The Crown Wins Best TV Drama

SURPRISE: “Parasite” Wins Best Performance by Ensemble in Motion Picture 

Neon’s “Parasite” won best motion picture cast at the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, becoming the first foreign language film to pick up the top prize.

Bong Joon Ho’s social-class thriller “Parasite” won over what many predicted would be the night for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”?  That the actors union would award the night’s top honor to a group of unknowns over beloved stars and iconic talent like Tarantino, Brad Pitt, DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, and Pacino, attests to the quality, originality, and momentum of the South Korean sensation.

“The story is about coexistence and how we can all live together,” said Song Kang-ho, one of the film’s lead. “To be honored with a best ensemble, it occurs to me maybe we haven’t created such a bad movie,” he joked.
Between last night’s Producers Guild Award win for “1917” and this upset,  stakes for the Best Picture Oscar race have been raised.  It must be said, though, that in Oscar’s entire history, no foreign language has ever won the top award. Best Picture.

Netflix’s “The Crown” was named best TV drama and Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” earned the prize for best TV comedy in a strong showing for streaming services.

“The Crown” depicts major changes within the House of Windsor, introducing a new cast of performers, as Queen Elizabeth II entered middle age on screen.

“Mrs. Maisel,” the story of a barrier-breaking female stand-up in the 1960s, faced headwinds of its own on the path to victory. It triumphed over the heavily favored “Fleabag.”

“I voted for ‘Fleabag,’” Alex Borstein, one of the cast members, said during her speech. “This is really weird. This makes no sense…’Fleabag’ is brilliant.”