"Parasite" appears primed to be South Korea's first nominee for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The widely accoladed film may even have a good shot at being nominated for the Best Film overall.
One of the factors improving South Korea's standing this year is the recent enfranchisement of many Korean members into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, giving them a vote on this year's awards.
Lee Byung-hun is the most prominent Korean member of the delegation, having appeared in several American movies in addition to his strong South Korean film reputation. Lee Byung-hun even stated in a recent interview, as part of a press junket for "Ashfall", that he had been hearing strong praise for "Parasite" not just from the normal viewing public, but also Hollywood insiders. He described "Parasite"'s chances for getting an Oscar as optimistic.
Other Korean members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences include directors Im Kwon-taek, Lee Chang-dong, and Park Chan-wook. Actors Choi Min-sik and Song Kang-ho are also members of the organization that will vote on the Oscars next year.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com.
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