We normally don’t start with entertainment
news,… but if there was ever a day to make an exception… it’s today.
That’s because history has been made by South Korean film director Bong Joon-ho and his
highly-acclaimed movie ‘Parasite.’ The picture on Monday became the first South
Korean film to ever win a Oscar nomination. Not only that… ‘Parasite’ took South Korea
from zero to six in one swoop,… racking up HALF-A-DOZEN nominations, including for
the “big ones”…. ‘Best Picture’ and ‘Best Director’.
Lee Min-sun starts us off. Bong Joon-ho’s black comedy ‘Parasite’ made history once
again on Monday, becoming the first South Korean film to earn nominations for the Academy
Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
announced on Monday the final list of nominations for the 2020 Oscars, with ‘Parasite’ scooping
an astonishing six nominations, including in the categories of ‘Best Picture’, ‘Best
Director’ and ‘Best International Feature Film’.
In the running against ‘Parasite’ for ‘Best Picture’ are movies including ‘The Irishman’,
‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ and ‘1917’. In the ‘Best Director’ category, Bong will
go head-to-head with legendary directors like Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino.
Other Oscars nominations for ‘Parasite’ are ‘Best Original Screenplay’, ‘Best Production
Design’ and ‘Best Film Editing’. Previously, South Korean films had been shortlisted
for Oscar nominations, but didn’t make it to the final list.
‘Parasite’ has been accumulating a long and prestigious list of awards, including the
famed Palme d’Or at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it made its world premiere.
The eyes of Koreans around the world will be transfixed on the 92nd Academy Awards to
see if Bong and his film can beat the competition and win at least one — but hopefully more
— Oscars. The ceremony will be held on February 9th
in Los Angeles. Lee Min-sun Arirang News.