If you watched the Oscars on Sunday night, you were part of the record-low 23.6 million viewers to witness “Parasite” become the first foreign-language film to win Best Picture. You saw a lot of director Bong Joon-Ho because of it, but heard more from his translator. Meet Sharon Choi, the translator everyone wanted to know after the awards (NYT and CNN). On an aspiring filmmaker taking on a different role during her first awards season, IndieWire: “Choi has been by Bong’s side since the “Parasite” world premiere at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. The “Parasite” Oscar campaign has taken Choi around the world and to countless awards ceremonies, where more often than not she took the stage with Bong to accept awards. From the Oscars to the Critics Choice Awards, BAFTAs, and Golden Globes, Choi was the undisputed MVP of Oscar season.”
Why would a 71-year-old retiree save a dying weekly newspaper in a town of 300 people? “‘Simply put,’ he wrote, ‘the horrible thought of this venerable institution folding up and vanishing after 166 years of continuous operation was simply more than I could bear.’ The newspaper, he wrote, was ‘something we need in order to know ourselves.’” The New York Times: Meet Carl Butz, savior of California’s oldest weekly newspaper. (A wonderful read.)
“For the record, the full conspiracy theory goes like this: with Sanders surging in the Iowa polls, the Democratic Party, or cronies thereof, contracted with an unaccountable, nefariously named company to fix the election, either by stealing it outright or by muddying the waters.” Meet Tara McGowan, the millennial CEO behind the app that failed the Iowa Caucus. (The New Yorker)
. . . Wanted: Influencers. Mike Bloomberg would like to pay you to make him seem cool. (This only works if he launches a skin care brand.)
“Daniel instantly charmed everyone with his joyful smile, sweet demeanour, and undeniable fluffiness. Carrying his bright blue Sporting ribbon off in his mouth, it seemed impossible to conceive there could be a gooder dog in the competition.” Normally, a dog show isn’t the place to find an angry mob, but add a competitive Golden Retriever to it and… #DanielWasRobbed
The anticipated sequel to “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” uploaded to Netflix Wednesday. If the sequel is anywhere as charming and fresh as the first, it’s a must-watch. Entertainment Weekly: “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” is another sweet escape into teen romance.
This also happened last week: Samsung’s foldable smartphone is here — for close to $1,400 (and it is making me very uncomfortable).