‘Parasite’ becomes first Oscar-nominated Korean film


‘Parasite’ began its awards-laden Cinderella run by making history. Now, it will be more of the same as it nears the end.

After winning the prestigious Palme d’Or in Cannes (a first for a South Korean film), the Bong Joon Ho-directed flick has just snagged Oscar nominations for Best International Feature, Best Picture, and Best Director- all firsts as well.

Other noms include Best Editing, Best Production Design, and Best Original Screenplay, making it six overall.

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Parasite is only the 11th foreign-language film to be nominated for Best Picture. It’ll be gunning against 8 other entries, which includes the much-hyped Joker, Netflix drama Marriage Story, and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Winning the Academy’s top nod will also be a historic moment, as no foreign-language entry has ever won in the category in the show’s 92-year run.

But with trumping expectations being kind of its main thing, Parasite¬†winning it all isn’t too far-fetched. And with director Bong Joon Ho issuing a challenge to overcome the ‘one-inch tall barrier of subtitles’¬†at this year’s Golden Globes, the Academy might just answer the call.

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