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'Parasite' Wins Big with Atlanta Film Critics Circle Awards

Today the Atlanta Film Critics Circle (of which I am a voting member of) announced their year end award winners, and Bong Joon-ho's Parasite was the big winner, taking home four awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best International Film. Now in its third year, the Atlanta Film Critics Circle is comprised of 26 Atlanta-based critics working in newspaper, magazine, and online journalism.

AFCC co-founder and Atlanta Journal-Constitution critic Felicia Feaster, calls Parasite “a lacerating take on the incredibly topical 21st century issue of income inequality that bubbles up a very nasty vein of dark comedy.” Bong Joon-ho’s genre-bending thriller centers on a poor family, the Kims, and a rich family, the Parks, who come together under unusual circumstances.

In addition, each year the AFCC presents two special awards for Best Breakthrough Performer and Best First Feature Film. Kelvin Harrison Jr. is 2019's Best Breakthrough Performer for his appearance in both Luce as an adopted son and model student who may be harboring dark impulses and in Waves as a suburban Florida teenager trying to balance his father’s expectations and his own anxieties. Olivia Wilde is 2019's Best First Feature Film for Booksmart, an inventive, convention-busting take on the usual teen comedy.

The full list of award winners is as follows...

Top 10 Films:
1. Parasite
2. The Irishman
3. Marriage Story
4. Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood
5. 1917
6. Little Women
7. Uncut Gems
8. Knives Out
9. Pain and Glory
10. Apollo 11

Best Lead Actor:
Adam Driver in Marriage Story

Best Lead Actress:
Renee Zellweger in Judy

Best Supporting Actor:
Brad Pitt in Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood

Best Supporting Actress:
Laura Dern in Marriage Story

Best Ensemble:
The Irishman

Best Director:
Bong Joon-Ho for Parasite

Best Screenplay:
Bong Joon-Ho and Han Jin-Won for Parasite

Best Documentary:
Apollo 11

Best International Film:
Parasite (South Korea)

Best Animated Film:
Toy Story 4

Best Cinematography:
Roger Deakins for 1917

Best Original Score:
Thomas Newman for 1917

Best Breakthrough Performer:
Kelvin Harrison Jr.

Best First Feature Film:
Olivia Wilde for Booksmart

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