“Parasite” — as worthy an Oscar winner as we’ve had in years

If you didn’t think “Parasite” was the likely best picture winner, you probably didn’t think Bong Joon Ho was going to win best director.

But that was the give away. That old Oscar saying, the one that doesn’t hold true most years in this millennium, “Best Directors direct Best Pictures” called it.

First Best Picture winner in a language that isn’t English. Even “Crouching Tiger” didn’t manage that.

It was a movie about something — global income inequality, one of a handful of best pic nominees that could make that claim.

It was also one of the two or three best films of last year, according to critics, even those who might not think it was the Very Best. It was the Hollywood consensus pick on a night that a lot of pictures picked up an award or two –“Judy” and “Bombshell,” “JoJo Rabbit”and “Ford v Ferrari,” with “1917” and “Little Women” and “Once Upon a Time” and even “Marriage Story” collecting a little Oscar glory.

Netflix won best documentary, and not much else. “Honeyland” was the better film in category, in my opinion.

Laura Dern finished a well deserved victory lap, Renee Zellweger had another moment.

Do you expect that to lead to a comeback? Doubtful.

Dern had the speech of the night, Joaquin was appropriately out there, Zellweger did the last laundry list of agents and managers — ever.

Elton John almost croaked/sang his way OUT of an Oscar, a musical low of the night. The clock is ticking on Jillian Michaels going after Diane Warren.

Eminem didn’t show up to collect his Oscar way back when. Now that he’s as “over” as his pal Moby, he gets a pointless spotlight performance…of that same song?

Hildur Gudnadottir won the best score Oscar, for “Joker.” First time a woman has won that combined category.

“Toy Story 4” was the worst call of the evening, I thought. Lazy.

Scorsese got to take a bow as the most graceful of losers, “no host” moved the show along faster, “In Memoriam” left out TV star Robert Conrad, Luke Perry, Cameron Boyce and Sid Haig and others.

Loved the “Recap the Show in Rhyme.” The “Frozen” multilingual thing fell flat.

Joaquin rambled, although not as much as Renee, Laura gushed and Brad got emotional.

Whenever “Oscar so white,” the Oscars compensate with a vigorously diverse telecast.

Best presenters? Maya and Kristen. Aced it.

Worst. Well, leaving your costar out to dry like that wasn’t a good look for Shia.

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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