PARASITE SCORES HISTORIC UPSET AT SAG AWARDS, BOOSTING OSCAR CHANCES

South Korean thriller Parasite was the upset winner at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards on Sunday, while Joaquin Phoenix and Renee Zellweger were named best actors

Kang-Ho Song, from left, Park So-dam, Bong Joon-ho, Jang Hye-jin, Choi Woo-shik, and Lee Sun Gyun pose in the press room with the award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture for Parasite at the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, in Los Angeles. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

South Korean thriller Parasite was the upset winner at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards on Sunday, while Joaquin Phoenix and Renee Zellweger were named best actors, cementing their roles as frontrunners at the  Oscars next month.

Parasite, the Korean language social satire about the wealth gap in South Korea, was the first film in a foreign language to win the top prize of best cast ensemble in the 26-year-history of the SAG awards.

Parasite lead actor Song Kang Ho said winning on Sunday made him think that “maybe we haven’t created such a bad movie.

“I am so honoured to receive this award. I will never forget such a beautiful night,” he said through an interpreter.

Despite an unknown cast, it beat homegrown Hollywood movies The Irishman and Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, which both have A-list stars.

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