The fortieth annual Blue Dragon Film Awards will be taking place on November 21st. Since the nominees were announced, "Parasite" has emerged as the obvious favorite, though other strong films released this year have outside chances in some of the award's fifteen categories.
"Parasite" is the easy frontrunner for best film. However, "Extreme Job" and "House of Hummingbird" have a distant chance at an upset. The chances of Bong Joon-ho winning best director are even more overwhelming, with director Lee Byeong-heon-I of "Extreme Job" rating a very distant second place.
The competition for best lead actor is a more evenly matched one that could go to either Song Kang-ho for "Parasite" or Ryu Seung-ryong of "Extreme Job". Though both actors are listed as the leads for their films, both are ensemble pieces. The main consideration will likely be whether voters would prefer to give Song Kang-ho his record fourth win or give Ryu Seung-ryong his first one after two previous failed nominations for "Arrow, The Ultimate Weapon" and "Everything about my Wife".
Park Myung-hoon of "Parasite" and Jin Seon-kyu of "Extreme Job" face a similar dynamic in the supporting actor race as ensemble members. However, in this case Jin Seon-kyu is the previously honored winner, while Park Myung-hoon has not yet won anything. Lee Jung-eun of "Parasite" is the obvious favorite in the women's category, though Lee Honey of "Extreme Job" and Kim Sae-byuk of "House of Hummingbird" are also contenders.
Best actress is the most competitive field, with Kim Hye-soo of "Default" going up against Jeon Do-yeon of "Birthday" and Jo Yeo-jung of "Parasite". Jo Yeo-jung has the most acclaimed role, but like Song Kang-ho, she is just a part of an ensemble. Kim Hye-soo and Jeon Do-yeon have more decisive leading roles but in movies that were not as popular.
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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