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[HanCinema's News] New Korean Academy Members Boost Oscar Prospects for "Parasite"

2019/12/20

"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 

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"Parasite" is directed by Bong Joon-ho, and features Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Wooshik, Park So-dam, Lee Jung-eun. Release date in Korea: 2019/05/30.

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