Bong Joon-ho, director of the movie Parasite (2019) that won four Oscars last year, will make another appearance at the prestigious awards ceremony. This year, he will be attending as a presenter, according to a list released by America’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).
Bong was on the list of 15 awards presenters for the 93rd (2021) Academy Awards. US entertainment news website Deadline speculated that the South Korean auteur will most likely be presenting the Best Director award, which he won last year for Parasite, becoming the first Korean filmmaker to do so. This year’s nominees for the Best Director category include Lee Isaac Chung for Minari, David Fincher for Mank, Chloé Zhao for Nomadland, Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman, and Thomas Vinterberg for Another Round.
South Korean actress Han Ye-ri, lead of the film Minari (2020), which has earned six Oscar nominations, has also been invited to attend the awards ceremony. Recently, Minari’s Youn Yuh-jung became the first Korean actress to win a BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actress, the same distinction she has been nominated for in the Oscars.
Since 2002, the Academy Awards or Oscars has been held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. This year, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event has plans to set up “hubs” in several locations—Los Angeles, Paris, and London—for the nominees who will be unable to travel. The 93rd Academy Awards are set to take place on April 25 and will be broadcast to 225 counties live through the channel ABC.