History was made yesterday for Korean film as Bong-Joon-Ho’s Parasite became the first Korean film in a long time to be nominated for Best Picture.
Parasite has earned massive acclaim ever since it’s premiere at the Cannes Film Festival earning various praise from both critics and general audience alike.
The film received a 99 percent on Rotten Tomatoes from critics as well as a 93 percent score from audiences. The film also won Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes recently, gaining even more acclaim from people. Parasite now has a chance at winning the highest award with it being nominated for Best Picture.
When asked about this achievement, the director said, “I’m very happy I didn’t create this film on my own. I’m very grateful to all the people who created this film with me and all the teams that were involved in the campaign process.”
The director also expressed his shock towards how audiences accepted the film as he said, “From Cannes to today in L.A., we’ve experienced a series of all of these unexpected events with the film. Especially with the box office around the world. It’s done incredibly well around the world and that’s something that we never expected. I created this film because of the controversial aspects of the story, and to take on these bold challenges, but I always worried how they would be received by the public and the wider world. And I’m really happy to see the audience embrace the challenges that Parasite took on.”
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Parasite is a strong contender for Best Picture but it does have some stiff competition as it is against Joker, 1917, Little Women, The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit, Marriage Story, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. So given this stiff competition, audiences will just have to wait until the Oscars to see if Parasite will nab Best Picture