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‘Farewell’ Rebukes Oscars With Spirit Award Win

Winner of Best Feature for “The Farewell” (L-R) Peter Saraf, Daniele Melia, Lulu Wang, Andrew Miano, a visitor and Anita Gou pose within the press room through the thirty fifth Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California, on February 8, 2020.
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Chinese-American movie “The Farewell” delivered a rebuke to its Oscars snub on the Spirit Awards on Saturday, as South Korea’s “Parasite” added a ultimate burst of momentum to its much-hyped Academy Award problem.

The awards, held on a seashore exterior Los Angeles a day earlier than the Oscars, honor movies with smaller budgets, and are sometimes held up as an antidote to the Academy’s extra mainstream — and fewer various — tastes.

“The Farewell,” a few household that reunites to go to a grandmother in China who doesn’t know she’s dying, gained greatest image, having missed out on any Oscars nominations.

Lulu Wang, the movie’s director, advised AFP that “so many people said nobody is going to want to see the film (because) it’s not Chinese enough, it’s not American enough.”

“For people to just see it as a family story, as a universal story, that’s really meaningful.”

Lulu Wang


Wang was considered one of a number of acclaimed feminine administrators who did not win Oscars recognition, however mentioned she was not shocked by her omission.

“When you win an award it is given to you by a group of your peers. When I look at the Academy, and the makeup of the voting body of the Academy, they are not my peers,” she mentioned.

“That is the biggest problem. If my peers were represented in the Academy voting body then they would be voting for films that represent their lives and their stories.

“That’s always how it is. So I’m not surprised by any of it.”

Academy membership is 84 per cent white and 68 per cent male.

In the Spirit Awards’ greatest shock, Jennifer Lopez missed out on best-supporting actress for her flip as a wily stripper in “Hustlers” to Zhao Shuzhen, who performs the grandmother in “The Farewell.”

Zhao was, nonetheless, unable to journey from China as a result of novel coronavirus outbreak gripping the nation.

Meanwhile “Parasite,” a uncommon crossover international language success that would turn out to be the primary non-English movie to win greatest image on the Oscars in Hollywood on Sunday, gained greatest worldwide movie.

Director Bong Joon-ho mentioned subtitles have been no barrier for his darkish comedy as a result of its message about widening class inequality would resonate with “people living on Mars.”

“I didn’t create this film to make a grand contribution to international cinema,” mentioned Bong.

“The deeper you delve into what surrounds you, what is near you, the more universal and broader the story can become,” he advised journalists backstage.


Brothers Josh and Benny Safdie gained greatest director for his or her frenetic, anxiety-ridden thriller “Uncut Gems,” a few compulsive New York jeweler whose playing dependancy lands him in ever-deepening bother.

The movie’s star and viewers favourite Adam Sandler gained greatest actor, poking enjoyable at his “quote-unquote snub” on the Oscars, saying: “Let all those feather-haired douchebag… (actors) get their Oscars tomorrow night.”

Olivia Wilde, whose female-focused teen comedy “Booksmart” gained greatest first characteristic, mentioned she hoped the win may “inspire more ladies to get out there and direct.”

“The Film Independent Spirit Awards is so much cooler than the Oscars — it’s the daytime, we’re on the beach, we recognize female directors,” joked host Aubrey Plaza because the present opened in Santa Monica.

Noah Baumbach gained greatest screenplay for divorce tearjerker “Marriage Story,” which can be within the race for greatest image on the Oscars — as is his associate Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women.”

“Even though she made a movie too expensive for the Spirit Awards, she’s no less independent than anyone here,” Baumbach mentioned.

Renee Zellweger additional cemented her Oscar frontrunner standing by successful greatest actress for “Judy.”

Best documentary went to “American Factory,” the primary movie from Barack and Michelle Obama’s manufacturing firm, a few US rust belt manufacturing facility reopened by a Chinese billionaire.

“Even though it’s sort of sponsored by the Obamas, a lot of Republicans and people living in rural areas are watching it in the privacy of their homes,” director Julia Reichert advised AFP, citing Netflix information.

“They might not tell their friends. But it’s really happening. So that’s really cool. We’ve got to get to those people because we’re in an election year.”

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