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Language Steals the Spotlight at the 92nd Academy Awards

Language Steals the Spotlight at the 92nd Academy Awards

Sharing the spotlight among Hollywood’s elite at the 92nd Academy Awards this past Sunday was an unexpected (though much welcome) guest: Language.

This year's Oscars were marked by historic wins and cause for celebration in the linguist community. We’ve rounded up our favorite moments from this year’s Academy Awards that shed light on the cultural impact of language, plus the possibilities of a world without language barriers.

Interpreter Sharon Choi

Translating for Bong Joon-ho at the Oscars: Aspiring Director Sharon Choi | Buzzfeed News

“South Korean director Bong Joon-ho was on stage a lot during Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony thanks to his acclaimed film Parasite making history and winning four Oscars. That also meant viewers watching at home saw a lot of a young woman on stage with him: his interpreter Sharon Choi."



Frozen 2 Oscars Performance

Idina Menzel joined by Elsas from Around the World at Oscars | Good Morning America

“Menzel sang 'Into the Unknown' from 'Frozen 2,' which is nominated for best original song. She was joined by nine women from around the world who provided Elsea's singing voice when the movie was dubbed into different languages.”


Parasite Wins Best Picture

'Parasite' dominated the Oscars on a historic night | CNN Entertainment

“'Parasite' is the first non-English film and first South Korean film to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. It is also the first film to win both Best International Feature (a category previously called Best Foreign-language film) and Best Picture. Only 11 non-English language films have ever been nominated in the category.”




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