‘Parasite’ becomes first Korean movie to be nominated for Best Picture at Oscars

The nominees for this year’s Academy Awards—more popularly known as the Oscars—were announced on January 13, and Parasite has made history by becoming the first-ever Korean movie to be nominated for Best Picture and the 11th non-English best picture nominee overall.

Parasite will compete for Oscars Best Picture against eight other films, namely “Ford V Ferrari,” “The Irishman,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Joker,” “Little Women,” “Marriage Story,” “1917,” and “Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood.”

Promotional poster for Parasite

Parasite‘s acclaimed director Bong Joon-ho has also become the first Korean director in history to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Directing and Original Screenplay. Bong Joon-ho has created many movies that have gone on to become cult classics among film lovers, including Memories of Murder (2003), The Host (2006), and Snowpiercer (2013). He also wrote and directed the 2017 Netflix film Okja starring Tilda Swinton.

The movie was also nominated in three other categories—Film Editing for Yang Jin-mo, Production Design for Lee Ha-jun and Cho Won-woo, and International Feature Film. This puts Parasite‘s Oscar nominations at a whopping total of six.

Parasite is a thrilling black comedy starring Song Kang-ho (A Taxi Driver), Jang Hye-jin (Mothers), Lee Sun-kyun (Jo Pil-Ho: The Dawning Rage), Cho Yeo-jeong (Casa Amor: Exclusive For Ladies), Lee Jung-eun (Let Us Meet Now), Choi Woo-shik (The Divine Fury), and Park So-dam (Ode to the Goose). It tells the story of a poor family who is struggling to keep themselves afloat with menial jobs until the son secures a job as a tutor at the house of a wealthy family. Soon, the lives of the two families overlap in strange and twisted ways, and the differences between their ways of life start to blur. Bong Joon-ho co-wrote the script with Han Jin-won.

Bong Joon-ho at the 77th Golden Globes Awards

After winning the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes International Film Festival—which made it the first Korean film to win the prestigious prize—Parasite has been on a roll. On January 5, it added another first to its list when it became the first Korean film to win the Best Foreign Language Film at the 77th Golden Globe Awards. It also stands nominated in four categories at the 73rd British Academy Film Awards—another first for any Korean film—that will be held on February 2, 2020 at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Meanwhile, talks are on for an English-language adaptation of Parasite in the form of a limited series on HBO. If the adaptation pans out, Bong Joon-ho would be co-writing and producing the series along with Adam McKay, who directed the Oscar-nominated 2018 movie Vice.

Long-time fans of director Bong Joon-ho are keeping their fingers crossed for Parasite to extend its winning streak to the Oscars. The 92nd edition of the Academy Awards ceremony will be held on February 9, 2020 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

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