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China mutes reaction to Zhao's Oscars as S Korea lauds Youn

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The birth of democracy in China can only happen by breaking the mental chains forged by such criminal government censorship, the tell-tale symptom of a corrupting social cancer which sickens the body politic of any country.

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Obviously, she’s conflicted with her love of the culture and people of her birth and with her ‘awakening’ that there is a larger world other ‘peoples not governments’ abroad.

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It's more important what the people think about celluloid statements, not the sickening regime in Beijing.

Well done, Zhao.

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It doesn't look as if she cares what the Chinese government thinks. And congratulations to her.

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I'm sorry, but the Oscars have a foreign film category for a reason. It's not an international awards ceremony. China and other countries have their own film industry awards ceremonies for their homegrown films, they wouldn't award Best Picture to an American movie.

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Last year, I was once surprised that many Japanese wondered why the director Bong exposes the dark sides of South Korea so vividly as in the semi-basement apartments.

China, North Korea and Japan are similar in considering movies as a kind of nationalist propaganda tool, which S. Korea also once did.

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She is talented. After seeing 'The Rider' anyone could be fooled into thinking that the movie could only have been conceived by someone who grew up in that milieu.

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A Chinese woman directs an excellent film that is deeply American. So what? The Chinese government has a problem with that. America will say that China is narrow mined and racist; on the other hand, in America, apparently, white voice actors can no longer voice black characters because it’s “culturally inappropriate”. What has the world become and talk of the pot calling the kettle black.

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Meh to the Oscars. Meh to China. And meh to the description of her as "of colour".

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I'm sorry, but the Oscars have a foreign film category for a reason. It's not an international awards ceremony. China and other countries have their own film industry awards ceremonies for their homegrown films, they wouldn't award Best Picture to an American movie.

The director was born in China but Nomadland is an American film. Made in America, produced by Americans, starring Americans and released by an American studio.

But you’re right about one thing, there is a foreign film category for foreign films.

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Maybe it's just because Chinese people and the Chinese nation are mature not to care one iota about the Oscars.

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@joeblow

Absolutely spot on. It's getting farcical all the woke points scoring going on especially in Hollywood. So she's the second woman to win best director, how many more before the press stop banging on about it, will it be the 17th woman to win best director.

Also asians now being part of the 'people of color'. Not heard that before, is that a new addition to the category or was it always that way.

Anyway props to her, must have been tough being born the daughter of a chinese millionaire and privately educated all over the world at top schools.

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@joeblow 

Absolutely spot on. 

About what? It’s spot on to be wrong?

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Absolutely spot on. It's getting farcical all the woke points scoring going on especially in Hollywood.

Drowned out by the sounds of mewling malcontents with their dog whistles?

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Also asians now being part of the 'people of color'. Not heard that before, is that a new addition to the category or was it always that way.

Always, not sure how this is news to anyone. What did you think it meant?

It's a shame China is holding previous comments against her now, even when the movie has nothing to do with them. I haven't seen it yet personally, I watch very few movies, but with how good Parasite was I am willing to give an Oscar recommendation another shot.

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Also asians now being part of the 'people of color'. Not heard that before, is that a new addition to the category or was it always that way.

Always. Glad to help shorten the list of things you didn’t know.

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@Joe Blow.

So by your logic every movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penelope Cruz, Charlize Theron, Audrey Hepburn, Omar Sharif, Yul Brynner, Liam Neeson, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Chris Hemsworth, Richard Burton, Keanu Reeves, Christian Bale (*ouch my aching typing hands) etc. should be in the foreign film category.

Back to the Dolph Lundgren movies for you. Oh.

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@addfwyn

Parasite is a brilliant film. However it should not have been eligible for any other category than International film at the oscars. However we saw what happened and I will ask the question again, how many US films win awards at Korean events, Hong Kong events, Bollywood events.

Bob Fosse likes to point out that Nomadland was a US movie directed by a Chinese millionaires daughter however what's his answer for Parasite, Korean director, entirely Korean cast filmed in Korea?

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Bob Fosse likes to point out that Nomadland was a US movie directed by a Chinese millionaires daughter

I pointed that out once. I said nothing about Zhao being a Chinese millionaire’s daughter. You said that at least twice, does that qualify for ‘likes to point out’? It seems like a sticking point for you.

however what's his answer for Parasite, Korean director, entirely Korean cast filmed in Korea?

As you said, brilliant film.

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Who really cares if the reaction’s muted. They’re not the only country in the world so just ignore them.

Some people don’t like the Oscars either, do we fuss about them?

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The strange part of China's reaction is that (I have not sen the film yet) the film shows American capitalism in a rather poor light.

I would have thought the C.C.P. would like to promote that idea.

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The Oscar was a total bust. Lowest viewership ever. No one is watching tv anymore especially the Oscar the Grouch wards show!

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This reaction makes the Chinese leadership look small-minded? Am I allowed to say that? Oh, yeah, I don't live in China.

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More talk about the director (only 3 films made) than the actress (who appeared more than 100 films)

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More talk about the director (only 3 films made) than the actress (who appeared more than 100 films)

‘The actress’ also won an Oscar for the film. Her 3rd Oscar win. She’s hardly being sidelined.

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@TokyoJoe

I take your point, but I think I come to a different conclusion.

I don't think we really need an international film category, it seems a relic of a time when it was felt necessary to "toss a bone" to those other film makers who didn't have the budget that Hollywood had. That isn't really the case anymore.

I think we could absolutely just have a best film category AND leave it open to all films, regardless of where they were made. Many directors from around the world have shown they are more than capable of hanging in that category.

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Well done to her. One day, her beautiful country will understand freedom of thought and speech. Step by step and all that.

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So by your logic every movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penelope Cruz, Charlize Theron, Audrey Hepburn, Omar Sharif, Yul Brynner, Liam Neeson, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Chris Hemsworth, Richard Burton, Keanu Reeves, Christian Bale (*ouch my aching typing hands) etc. should be in the foreign film category.

No, they shouldn't. Those are foreign actors starring in American films, but nice try.

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