In a surprising alignment, the members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences have agreed with Hyperallergic contributors’ assessment that the best film of 2019 is Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite. At last night’s Academy Awards ceremony, the film brought in four wins — for Best Original Screenplay, Best International Film, Best Director, and Best Picture. We are obviously ecstatic that one of our favorite films of the decade has earned such mainstream success and acclaim. It’s a historic moment for several reasons:
- Obviously, this is the first South Korean film to win Best International Feature (formerly Best Foreign Language Film).
- This is the first film to win both Best International Feature and Best Picture.
- And of course, this is the first non-English-language film ever to win Best Picture.
- This is also the first non-English-language film to win a screenplay Oscar since 2002’s Talk to Her. Bong Joon-ho and Han Jin-won are the first East Asian people to win a screenwriting Oscar.
- Bong Joon-ho has tied with Walt Disney for winning the most Oscars in a single year. (Disney similarly won four at the 1954 ceremony, for four separate films he produced.)
- Less distinct but still interesting: this is only the third winner of the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or to go on to win Best Picture, after 1946’s The Lost Weekend and 1955’s Marty.
Congrats to cinephiles everywhere for the validation. Congrats to the #BongHive for their triumph. Congrats to the Oscars for getting things right for once. And of course, congrats to Eminem for getting to perform “Lose Yourself” again, for some reason.
The small New York art fair celebrated its 26th edition with the works of 11 women artists.
The artist couple shared creativity and mutual devotion reflecting a period of light and joy that came after considerable darkness in their early lives.
Conversations with Leslie Barlow, Mary Griep, Alexa Horochowski, Joe Sinness, Melvin R. Smith, and Tetsuya Yamada will be accessible online or in person at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
The plot of Maureen Fazendeiro and Miguel Gomes’s film moves backward in time, continually recontextualizing what at first looks like a simple situation.
It’s art fair season and we’re here to comfort and entertain you during this difficult time of the year with a new, biting edition of our Bingo card series.
Now on view in Pasadena, this exhibition explores how four artists challenged the limitations of gestural abstraction by exploiting the resonance of figural forms.
The artifacts are estimated to date from 400 to 300 BCE, when Greek settlements existed along the northern shores of the Black Sea near Odesa.
Jeremy Webster of Leicester University’s Attenborough Arts Centre reportedly pelted the statue from behind a fence.
Northwestern’s Block Museum of Art Presents A Site of Struggle: American Art against Anti-Black Violence
This new exhibition in Evanston, Illinois considers how art has been used to protest, process, mourn, and memorialize anti-Black violence for more than a century.
Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel and model Miranda Kerr paid off the student loans of 285 recent graduates.
Cammie Tipton-Amini’s opinion piece “When Ukraine Was Newly Independent and Everything Was Possible” employs simplistic whataboutism that dangerously echoes Putin’s lies.
Anthony Banua-Simon’s documentary Cane Fire contrasts decades of Hollywood images of his home with its current reality.