Donald Trump slams Parasite winning Best Picture at Oscars

Donald Trump slams Parasite winning Best Picture at Oscars

The studio behind the Oscar-winning film, Parasite, has hit back at Donald Trump after he criticised the decision to give the Academy Award for Best Picture to a South Korean film.

Mr Trump started talking about the Academy Awards during a campaign rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Thursday.

The cast of Parasite.

Parasite was named best picture, becoming the first non-English-language film to get the top honour.

“What the hell was that all about?” Mr Trump said. “We’ve got enough problems with South Korea with trade. On top of that, they give them best movie of the year. Was it good? I don’t know.”

Cho Yeo-jeong, who plays Mrs Park, in Parasite.

Neon, the US distributor for the subtitled film, shot back on Twitter.

“Understandable. He can’t read.”

The audience booed when Mr Trump mentioned the Academy Awards and then cheered when he said: “Can we get like Gone with the Wind back please? Sunset Boulevard, so many great movies.”

Sunset Boulevard lost Best Picture to All About Eve in 1950.

Gloria Swanson plays an ageing celebrity who has lost grip on reality in Sunset Boulevard.
Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in the 1939 film Gone With The Wind.

Social media users were quick to point out that Mr Trump’s two suggested films are about slavery and a ageing celebrity losing grip on reality.

Parasite tells the story of how a family of four poor, unemployed people living in a slum basement apartment comically infiltrates a wealthy family residing at a luxurious mansion before things unravel violently and tragically.

Ten non-American films have won Best Picture, including: Hamlet (1948), Tom Jones (1963), A Man For All Seasons (1966), The Last Emperor (1987), Slumdog Millionaire (2008), The King’s Speech (2010) and The Artist (2011).

South Korean film director Bong Joon Ho poses with his engraved awards as he attends the 92nd Oscars Governors Ball.
The Parasite cast (L-R) Song Kang-ho, Cho Yeo-jeong, director Bong Joon-ho, Lee Jung-eun, Choi Woo-shik, and Lee Sun-kyun pose with the trophy for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion

During the Colorado speech, Mr Trump also criticised Brad Pitt after the actor made an impeachment jab during his acceptance speech for winning best supporting actor for Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood.

“I was never a big fan of his,” Mr Trump said. “He got up, said a little wise guy thing. He’s a little wise guy.”