40th Blue Dragon Film Awards nominees announced; ‘Parasite’, ‘Extreme Job’, ‘Swing Kids’ vie for Best Picture

The 40th Blue Dragon Film Awards announced on October 31 the nominees for its 15 awards that will honor the best among the Korean films released between October 12, 2018, and October 10, 2019.

Director Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite, which became the first Korean film to win the top prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, unsurprisingly received the most number of nominations (12) including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress. The black comedy film revolves around a poor family whose luck changes when their son lands a gig as a tutor to a high school student from a wealthy family. It stars Song Kang-ho, Choi Woo-sik, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, and Park So-dam.

Meanwhile, three films, which are vying with Parasite to win Best Picture, managed to secure eight nominations each. These are Extreme Job, an action-comedy starring Ryu Seung-ryong and Lee Ha-nee; Swing Kids, a musical drama film headlined by Do Kyung-soo and Park Hye-soo; and Exit, a disaster comedy featuring Jo Jung-suk and Im Yoon-ah.

In addition to the 15 award categories, three additional accolades will be given during the awarding ceremony—Popular Star Award, Short Film Award, and Audience Choice Award for Most Popular Film. The nominees in these categories are usually unannounced.

Organized by the media company Sports Chosun, the 40th Blue Dragon Film Awards will take place on November 21 at the Paradise City Hotel and Resort in Incheon. The event will be broadcast live on SBS.

Check out the full list of nominees:

Best Picture

  • Extreme Job
  • Parasite
  • House of Hummingbird
  • Swing Kids
  • Exit

Best Director

  • Kang Hyung-chul (Swing Kids)
  • Bong Joon-ho (Parasite)
  • Won Shin-yeon (The Battle: Roar to Victory)
  • Lee Byung-heon (Extreme Job)
  • Jang Jae-hyun (Svaha: The Sixth Finger)

Best Actor

  • Ryu Seung-ryong (Extreme Job)
  • Sol Kyung-gu (Birthday)
  • Song Kang-ho (Parasite)
  • Jung Woo-sung (Innocent Witness)
  • Jo Jung-suk (Exit)

Best Actress

  • Go Ah-sung (A Resistance)
  • Kim Hye-soo (Default)
  • Im Yoon-ah (Exit)
  • Jeon Do-yeon (Birthday)
  • Cho Yeo-jeong (Parasite)

Best Supporting Actor

  • Kang Ki-young (The Most Ordinary Romance)
  • Park Myung-hoon (Parasite)
  • Lee Kwang-soo (Inseparable Bros)
  • Jo Woo-jin (Default)
  • Jin Seon-kyu (Extreme Job)

Best Supporting Actress

  • Kim Sae-byuk (House of Hummingbird)
  • Park So-dam (Parasite)
  • Lee Jung-eun (Parasite)
  • Lee Ha-nee (Extreme Job)
  • Jang Young-nam (Metamorphosis)

Best New Director

  • Kim Bo-ra (House of Hummingbird)
  • Kim Yoon-suk (Another Child)
  • Lee Sang-geun (Exit)
  • Lee Ok-seob (Maggie)
  • Lee Jong-un (Birthday)

Best New Actor

  • Gong Myung (Extreme Job)
  • Kim Sung-cheol (Battle of Jangsari)
  • Park Hae-soo (By Quantum Physics: A Nightlife Venture)
  • Park Hyung-sik (Juror 8)
  • Jung Hae-in (Tune In For Love)

Best New Actress

  • Kim Hye-joon (Another Child)
  • Park Ji-hoo (House of Hummingbird)
  • Park Hye-soo (Swing Kids)
  • Lee Jae-in (Svaha: The Sixth Finger)
  • Choi Sooyoung (Girl Cops)

Best Screenplay

  • Default
  • Extreme Job
  • Parasite
  • House of Hummingbird
  • Svaha: The Sixth Finger

Best Cinematography and Lighting

  • Parasite
  • The Battle: Roar to Victory
  • Svaha: The Sixth Finger
  • Swing Kids
  • Exit

Best Editing

  • Extreme Job
  • Parasite
  • The Battle: Roar to Victory
  • Swing Kids
  • Exit

Best Music

  • Parasite
  • Svaha: The Sixth Finger
  • Swing Kids
  • Exit
  • Tune In For Love

Best Art Direction

  • Parasite
  • The Battle: Roar to Victory
  • Svaha: The Sixth Finger
  • Swing Kids
  • Tune In For Love

Best Technical Achievement

  • Metamorphosis (makeup)
  • The Battle: Roar to Victory (martial arts)
  • Svaha: The Sixth Finger (visual effects)
  • Swing Kids (costumes)
  • Exit (stunts)

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