Oscars Criticized For Turning Off Lights As Parasite Cast Tried To Give The Acceptance Speech After Winning Best Picture
- Parasite swept at the Oscars by winning awards in 4 categories out of the 6 in which it was nominated in.
- The film bagged the awards for Best Picture, Academy Award for Best Director, Best International Feature Film and Best Original Screenplay.
- While giving the acceptance speech for winning Best Picture the lights were turned off prompting stars like Tom Hanks and Charlize Theron to lead a cheer to turn them on.
At the end of the 92nd annual Academy Awards, the Parasite cast including Lee Sun-kyun and Choi Woo-shik, won the Best Picture at the event and was welcomed to loud applause and cheering from all the members of the audience.
The cast and crew came on stage and were speaking about how history was made that night. After co-producer Kwak Sin-ae spoke for 45 seconds and after thanking the Academy left the mic.
As co-producer Miky Lee was trying to speak the lights were cut and the spotlight went to Jane Fonda who was supposed to end the night.
The audience realized that Miky Lee was yet to speak and groaned loudly and after a while shouted to turn the lights on.
Front row members of the audience Tom Hanks and Charlize Theron chanted "UP! UP! UP!" and waved their hands in support of Miky Lee as they realized her mic was also cut-off.
A few seconds later, the lights came on and the crowd gave a huge cheer to encourage the cast and crew on stage despite the small trouble they encountered.
Events like these are commonplace at the Oscars as they have been known to play music over the speeches if they go too long, however, this time the lights were turned off which caused the controversy.